Sri Lanka men’s national cricket team has recently travelled Pakistan to play limited-overs international series. After successfully hosted the limited-overs series, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to organise the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in Pakistan. According to recent PTI reports, PCB has asked the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to share the expenses if they want to play this Test series in UAE.
From the very beginning, PCB wanted to host the Test series against Sri Lanka in Pakistan. However, after investigating the security condition, the SLC agreed to play only the limited-overs series in Pakistan.
According to the FTP, they would play the Test series in September 2019 while they would play the limited-overs series in the end of 2019. But while the SLC didn’t agree to play the Test series in Pakistan, they altered the series schedules.
Recently, in September-October, Sri Lankan team toured in Pakistan for the limited-overs series. However, many top Sri Lankan cricketers denied touring in Pakistan. So, the SLC sent the inexperienced limited-overs teams in Pakistan.
In this recent tour, Sri Lanka lost the three-match ODI series by 2-0 but won the three-match T20I series by 3-0. National Stadium (Karachi) hosted all the ODI matches and Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore) hosted all the T20Is.
According to a mutual agreement, Pakistan-Sri Lanka will play the two-match Test series in UAE in December 2019. But after successfully hosting the limited-overs series in Pakistan, the PCB wants to host the Test series too in Pakistan.
The source claimed PCB wanted expenses-sharing with SLC to play the Test series in UAE
A source has recently revealed that if Sri Lanka denies playing the Test series in Pakistan, PCB will ask them to share the expenses to conduct the Test series in UAE.
According to PTI, a source claimed, “PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, and CEO, Wasim Khan who are in Dubai for the ICC board meetings have apparently conveyed to Sri Lankan officials that if they (SL) insist on playing the Test series in UAE, they should bear the expenses.
“The PCB has decided to take a stance that even after convincing the ICC and Sri Lankan board officials that they can properly manage all security arrangements in Pakistan, if the Sri Lankan board still insists on having the series in UAE it will have to pay or share the expenses of hosting the series.”
This Test series is a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-21).
The SLC chief Shammi Silva has recently claimed that the security arrangement was too tight in the recent Pakistan tour. He was with the national team during their recently concluded Pakistan tour.
Since the Lahore terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in 2009, Pakistan hasn’t organised a Test match. Just ahead of the day three of Lahore Test in March 2019, Sri Lankan team bus faced the terrorist attack.