SL govt yet to okay Pakistan series


LAHORE – Pakistan might have to wait further for the revival of international cricket back home as their series against Sri Lanka later this year is still awaiting clearances. Sri Lanka, going by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP), are scheduled to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals in Pakistan.
“We are happy to go but we need clearance from our government agencies which is awaited,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) honorary secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told The Sri Lankan board has agreed to play in Pakistan after their team bus was attacked in Lahore in March 2009. Since then, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying hard to convince international teams to visit Pakistan for bilateral series. Nishantha, while recalling that unfortunate incident, said they would be happy to send the team if all the necessary arrangements are made.