Last Sri Lanka T20I to be played in Lahore, reiterates Sethi

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The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the third in Lahore (October 29).

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga has reportedly pulled out of the Lahore T20I due to security concerns and it is likely that the board would not consider him for first two matches as well.

Doubts about the game being held in Lahore have emerged after 40 Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) contracted players, including most of the current squad, wrote a letter to SLC President Thialnga Sumathipala asking for a change of venue.

"SLC have over the past two months conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, the PCB and independent Security experts", an SLC release stated.

Leading cricket nations have shunned playing in Pakistan since the 2009 assault, in which gunmen ambushed the Sri Lankan team bus en route to the Lahore stadium, wounding at least seven players. SLC had earlier announced that one squad would be picked to play all three T20Is versus Pakistan.

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the second ODI by 32 runs of the five-match series in Abu Dhabi.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said its executive committee agreed unanimously that the October 29 match in Lahore should go ahead as scheduled following reassurances of the best possible security.

Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, however, claimed that the SLC will try and convince the players to tour Lahore.

"In 1996, Pakistan helped us by forming the combined India-Pakistan side, and now it is our duty to help them", Tillakaratne said. Thisara Perera, now part of the ODI squad in the UAE, was Sri Lanka's only representative in those matches.

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