Lahiru Thirimanne Comments On Security Situation In Pakistan, Says His Family Doesn’t Have A Concern Now
In a talk with Gulf News, Thirimanne, who will be leading the visitors in the absence of regular captain Dimuth Karunaratne, has said that he is happy with the arrangements.
“SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) has presented us the security plan which we are getting in Pakistan so I’m pretty happy with that and I explained to my family as well, so they don’t have a concern since we represent our country,” he told Gulf News.
Further, Thirimanne also said that he is hopeful that the visitors will do well in Pakistan in the absence of regulars. “But still we have a good team. I believe if we play to our potential we can do very well” he said.
Incidentally, it was the Sri Lankan team that was attacked by terrorists in Pakistan in the year 209, that saw international teams unwilling to travel to the country. In 2015, Zimbabwe became the first international team to play a match in Pakistan and later, Sri Lanka also played a T20I there in 2017.
The Sri Lankan team is set to travel to country next week, albeit the top players will be missing tour.
While Thirimanne will lead Sri Lanka in ODIs, Dasun Shanaka will captain the visitors in the T20I series. He will perform the duties in absence of Lasith Malinga, who retired from ODIs after playing his retirement match against Bangladesh after World Cupp 2019.
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan will kick off on September 27, with the first ODI to be played in Karachi. The next two Odis will also be played at the same venue on September 29 and October 3. Lahore will host three T20Is on October 5, 7 and 9.
After the completion of the series, the two teams will play two Tests in UAE. Earlier, Sri Lanka were expected to play a Test in Pakistan but later, the two boards agreed upon playing white-ball cricket.