Sri Lanka president keen to beef up ties with Pakistan

Gunathilaka was dropped from the squad for the ongoing five-match one-day global series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The third T20 worldwide is the final match of the current tour of Pakistan in UAE and the SLC administration had wanted to play at Lahore's Gaddaffi Stadium.

Gurusinha was part of the team that went on to lift the trophy, but Sri Lanka had to deal with both Australia and West Indies refusing to tour the country over security fears.

The first two matches will be played in Abu Dhabi on October 26 and 27 before teams fly to Lahore for the final game on October 29.

Sri Lankan will travel to Lahore for the final T20 worldwide against Pakistan on October 29, despite top players expressing their reservations on travelling to the country, where the national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009.

Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella leaves the field after being dismissed by Pakistan's Junaid Khan during the second one day worldwide (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 16, 2017.

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His fine - 20 percent of his annual match fees - remains unchanged.

His reprieve comes as players express private concerns about the board's decision to play the Twenty20 series final in Lahore.

SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala will accompany the team to Lahore, the statement added. In August he called for an end to Pakistan's isolation from world cricket.

Lahore will host the T20 series finale following several matches played in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have played their "home" internationals since the ambush.

Since then, only low-ranked Zimbabwe has toured Pakistan, playing five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015.

A successful series against a World XI team featuring top foreign players in Lahore last month further boosted calls for cricket to return to the militancy-racked nation.

  • Adam Floyd