International cricket returns to Pakistan as Sri Lanka decides to revive ties

A Sri Lankan cricket team player boards a Pakistani military helicopter during the terror attack © AFP

Colombo, Sep 4, 2013

Sri Lanka has decided to resume playing cricket in Pakistan after a four year gap.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated this on Tuesday to Pakistani minister Ahsan Iqbal, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

Rajapaksa said a Sri Lankan team will soon play in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka stopped sending its cricket team to Pakistan after the March 2009 terror attack on its squad in Lahore that injured six of its players and left six Pakistani policemen and two civilians dead.

The minister highlighted the significance of sporting ties in bringing the people of South Asia together.

Rajapaksa also said that relations with Pakistan “have stood the test of time”, APP reported.

The Pakistani minister said both countries should take bilateral trade from the present $400 million to over $1 billion.