‘Sri Lanka cricket team to tour Pakistan soon’, says Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

It’s been six years and Pakistan haven’t hosted an international game in their country. Ever since the shocking 2009 incident in Pakistan where militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, no Test team visited the terror prone nation. The dreaded incident had wounded six of the Sri Lankan players while the same number of policemen along with a van driver lost their lives.

After six years, things are changing as Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly expressed that his country’s cricket team will soon travel to Pakistan for a cricket series.

In a report from Press Trust of India (PTI), Sirisena, who is on his first state visit to Pakistan, announced this during a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart President Mamnoon Hussain. Mamnoon, assured Sirisena that maximum security would be provided to the visiting team after the ruthless attack of 2009.

The situation in Pakistan at the moment is comparatively better and cricket boards of Ireland and Zimbabwe, had expressed their eagerness to tour Pakistan. While non-Test-playing Kenya played five One-Dayers (ODIs) in Lahore against Pakistan A last year in December.