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Pakistan to host Sri Lanka for limited over series

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AFP Karachi, Pakistan Aug 23, 2019, 08.25 PM (IST)

Pakistan will host Sri Lanka for six limited over internationals starting next month, the two cricket boards said Friday, another step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan after years of isolation.

In a joint statement, the cricket boards said the One Day International series will begin on September 27 in Karachi where they will play the other two ODI matches on September 29 and October 2.

The Sri Lankans will then move to Lahore for three T20 matches starting on October 5 and the final match will be on October 9, with the second match scheduled for October 7.

The two boards said the teams were due to play two Test matches in October and follow it up with the six shorter form matches in December, but decided to swap them.

The dates and the venue for the two Tests were not announced, but Sri Lanka's Sports minister Harin Fernando told reporters in Colombo Thursday that the Tests will not be in Pakistan.

Citing safety fears, Fernando said two Tests could instead be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan has held many of its home series.  

Series schedule: 

27 Sep – 1st ODI, Karachi 

29 Sep – 2nd ODI, Karachi 

2 Oct – 3rd ODI, Karachi 

5 Oct – 1st T20I, Lahore 

7 Oct – 2nd T20I, Lahore 

9 Oct – 3rd T20I, Lahore

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In a joint statement, the cricket boards said the One Day International series will begin on September 27 in Karachi where they will play the other two ODI matches on September 29 and October 2