PCB writes to Sri Lankan Board for full series

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Karachi, Feb 25 (PTI) Desperate to revive internationalcricket in Pakistan, the PCB has written to its Sri Lankancounterpart requesting it to tour the country this year for afull series.

A senior official of the board told PTI that the PCB hasalready started a process to convince the Sri Lankan board toundertake the tour in October.

"We have written to them a few months back highlightingthe fact that it would be a big boost for Pakistan cricket ifthey agreed to play the series as scheduled in Pakistan," theofficial said.

Sources said the PCB had also got indications from thegovernment that it would provide foolproof security for anyforeign team willing to tour Pakistan.

The Sri Lankan board Chairman Somachandra de Silva hassaid that it was in touch with the International CricketCouncil''s Special Task Force for Pakistan cricket on thematter.

The Sri Lankan board official made it clear that anydecision would be based on advice received from the ICC taskforce and their own authorities on the security situation inPakistan.

PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt welcomed the statement by hiscounterpart and expressed the hope that the series would beplayed in Pakistan.

"The comments of Mr Silva are reassuring and will help along way in helping restore the confidence of theinternational cricket community in playing cricket inPakistan," Butt said in a statement.

"Sri Lanka is a brotherly nation and they have alwaysstood by our side whenever we have needed their support.

Whatever happened two years ago was extremely tragic and everycricket-loving Pakistani was feeling sad for the Sri Lankanteam," he said.

No foreign team has visited Pakistan since March 2009when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in whichsix policemen and a van driver were killed while severalplayers of the travelling side were wounded in the attack.

The attack also led to the ICC stripping Pakistan of itsshare of World Cup matches due to security concerns.

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