With tensions rising every day about Sri Lanka’s travel to Lahore for the last T-20 of the seires against Pakistan, Sri Lanka Cricket will now send two security experts to assess the security arrangements. The other two games are set to take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium with the last one to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on October 29th.
The two people set to travel to Pakistan are Air Commodore Roshan Biyanwala and Deputy Inspector General of Police Nalaka de Silva. They’ll travel to Lahore on Thursday (October 26) and will remain there until the match is finished. Biyanwala is a high ranking Air Force officer and a member of SLC Executive Committee. De Silva, meanwhile, is a top terrorism expert.
Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) CEO Ashley de Silva said, “They will conduct an assessment on security and send us a report. They have got some security plans as well and will share the information with officials in Pakistan”.
Sri Lanka had to announce a rather weakened team with declaring Thisara Perera, who was at Pakistan with the World XI to play three T-20 matches earlier this year, as the captain. As many as seven senior stars with the likes of Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella discarded themselves of the Lahore match with security concerns. With the board selecting one squad for the whole tour, the discarded players will now miss the whole series. Pakistan last saw international cricket in their stadium when Sri Lanka toured them back in 2009. But after the Lankan team bus came under a terrorist attack, killing and injuring several players and coaching staff, cricket was restricted from the country until further notice. But Zimbabwe did tour them last year for a T-20 series. Pakistan also successfully hosted the World XI for three T20Is last month in Lahore. After Sri Lanka, They’re trying to host either West Indies or South Africa in November.