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Pakistan likely to play home series in Sri Lanka

November 26, 2019

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling to shift base from United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka for their upcoming home series against West Indies, later this year.A senior PCB official said that the board is not able to generate enough revenue from their “home series” held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah since 2009, due to high expenses involved organising a series in the Emirates.Security concerns After terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore, 2009, PCB have been forced to host their home matches in the UAE with teams refusing to tour the country due to security concerns.Since 2009, the PCB has only hosted short limited over series at home against lowly ranked teams like Zimbabwe (last year in May), Kenya and Afghanistan.But even before 2009 the PCB had hosted some of its “home series” against Australia and West Indies in the UAE as they expressed security concerns about playing in Pakistan.Sri Lanka keen to host “We are discussing the matter within the board and we will also speak to other boards to study the feasibility of such a move but we are looking at moving our home series to Sri Lanka,” the official confirmed.He said that the Sri Lankan board had in the past been receptive when proposals were discussed for Pakistan to host its series there.”They were receptive even when there was a chance we might host India in a short last January but the move didn’t materialize,” he said.The official said the PCB had incurred expenses in millions on just paying the ground rent for the Pakistan Super League which was launched last February in Dubai and Sharjah.advertisement”They are options main among them Sri Lanka and there is consensus the series against West Indies could be moved from UAE,” he added.The PCB says it has lost millions of dollars in estimated revenues because of being forced to host its series in UAE because teams had security concerns about playing in Pakistan.(with PTI inputs)last_img

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