History for Babar as Pakistan see off Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka's cricket authority said on Monday it will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan later this month for the third and final Twenty20 match despite security concerns expressed by several players. Since then, barring Zimbabwe, no worldwide cricket team has toured Pakistan. A squad of 22 will be announced on Tuesday and the list is expected to be pruned to 15 by October 20.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala would accompany the team, the board added.

Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers Lahiru Gamage (4-57) and Suranga Lakmal (1-42) made early inroads with three wickets inside first power-play of ten overs.

Thisera Parera, who was part of the World XI team that visited Pakistan in September for the Independence Cup, did not sign the letter, CricBuzz said. Hashan Thilakaratne (batting coach), Rumesh Ratnayake (bowling coach), Asanka Gurusinha (manager) and Nic Pothas (head coach) are all willing to tour Lahore after head coach Mickey Arthur spoke to them, a source in the PCB confirmed to The Express Tribune.

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The victory gives Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the five-match series while this becomes Sri Lanka's ninth defeat in a row.

Since 2009, the only global team to visit Pakistan is Zimbabwe, who played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015.

The three-match T20I series will start on October 26 with the third and final T20I scheduled to take place in Lahore on October 29 pending a decision from Sri Lanka's players.

But a World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations played in Lahore last month, with Pakistan hoping the visit would help end years of worldwide isolation. Thisara Perera, now part of the ODI squad in the UAE, was Sri Lanka's only representative in those matches.