Pakistani Nation, thanked the Sri Lankan team for returning to Pakistan as a cricket fan I feel thankful to Srilankan cricket team they started cricket in Pakistan right where it was stopped.
Asanka Gurusinha and Hashan Tillakaratne two of Sri Lanka's survivors in the 2009 attack that killed eight have also returned to Lahore as team manager and batting coach respectively. Several Sri Lankan players, however, opted out of playing in Pakistan. Regular captain Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dananjaya have all pulled out from Lahore Pak vs SL T20
The 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team occurred on 3 March 2009, when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistani cricket team. Six members of the Sri Lanka national cricket team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed
Pakistan army evacuating the Sri Lankan team from Lahore stadium.
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Pakistan marked the return of international cricket to the country with a rip-roaring 36-run Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka in front of a packed stadium in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday.
Powered by a lightning 51 off 24 balls by Shoaib Malik and a bowling attack led by paceman Mohammmad Amir, the hosts made sure the fans would enjoy a night to remember as Pakistan finally hosted an international cricket fixture on home soil after being shunned by foreign teams for eight years due to security risks.Since then, Pakistan have been forced to play designated ‘home’ matches primarily in the United Arab Emirates.
“I’d like to thank the Sri Lankan team... this is something we have missed for many years,” Malik said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.
“Thanks for inviting us, we really love you guys,” said Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera, whose side were beaten 3-0 in the series with the first two matches having taken place in Abu Dhabi.
After Sunday’s game, jubilant Pakistani fans exiting the stadium danced and played drums on the streets of Lahore.
Pakistan officials hope Sunday’s match will encourage other countries to send their teams by next year.
West Indies have already committed to a tour although the dates have yet to be finalised, cricket board chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters.
Plans to bring cricket to other Pakistani cities are also underway with four domestic T20 fixtures from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) competition planned in southern metropolis Karachi.
“We want to hold two double headers in Karachi midway through the PSL and then have the final in Lahore,” he said. “Sri Lanka, West Indies, PSL, the next slot which is open to Pakistan and any other country, there will be cricket here, I guarantee you that.”