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Sri Lanka will return to Lahore for a Twenty20 international at the end of October, eight years after gunmen attacked a bus carrying its players in the Pakistan city.

Apart from a short visit by Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan has been starved of international cricket since the 2009 attack in which six security staff and two civilians were killed and six of Sri Lanka’s players were wounded.

The first two will be played in Pakistan’s adopted United Arab Emirates ‘home’ after a two-test series starting in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 28 and five one-day internationals.

The International Cricket Council has also given its backing to a World XI, led by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, playing a three-match T20 series in Lahore from Tuesday in a bid to help revive international cricket in the country.

The second test in Dubai starting Oct. 6 will be Sri Lanka’s first day-night match in the longest format.

Test Series

SL Date Match Venue
1st Test Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2017 SL v PAK Abu Dhabi
2nd Test Oct. 6-10, 2017 (Day- Night) SL v PAK Dubai

ODI Series

SL Date Match Venue
1st ODI Oct. 13, 2017 SL v PAK Dubai
2nd ODI Oct. 16, 2017 SL v PAK Abu Dhabi
3rd ODI Oct. 18, 2017 SL v PAK Abu Dhabi
4th ODI Oct. 24, 2017 SL v PAK Sharjah
5th ODI Oct. 23, 2017 SL v PAK Sharjah

T20 Series

SL Date Match Venue
1st T20 Oct. 26, 2017 SL v PAK Abu Dhabi
2nd T20 Oct. 27, 2017 SL v PAK Abu Dhabi
3rd T20 Oct. 29, 2017 SL v PAK Lahore

 

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