Sri Lanka news May 10, 2011

Sri Lanka in running to host Pakistan-England series

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Sri Lanka is in the running to host the England-Pakistan Test and one-day series scheduled for early 2012, with continuing security concerns preventing England from travelling to Pakistan. Sri Lanka Cricket's secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said he was "very positive" about Sri Lanka being handed the hosting rights, though the PCB said it has yet to make a decision.

"We're working on several options for [hosting] that series, and UAE and Sri Lanka are a couple of them," Subhan Ahmed, the PCB's chief operating officer, told ESPNcricinfo. "Nothing is confirmed just yet."

Ranatunga said Sri Lanka was an ideal venue as it was a favoured destination of both English and Pakistan fans. "I have spoken to the cricket boards of both England and Pakistan and they have been very positive about playing the series in Sri Lanka," he said. "Pakistan chose Sri Lanka to play all their group matches of the 2011 World Cup and they had a lot of crowd support.

"England are also keen to play in Sri Lanka as their supporters, including the Barmy Army, have enjoyed previous tours here with the England teams."

The financial aspect will also come into play in any final decision. SLC is reportedly in debt after the World Cup and any potential series will help alleviate that situation. "The series would also generate income for the Cricket Board and also improve our tourist industry," Ranatunga said.

For Pakistan, Sri Lanka may provide a cheaper option for logistical costs than the UAE, where they have been holding most of their "home" internationals. Last October they hosted South Africa for a full tour and it is believed they are keen to look at other options given the higher costs the UAE incurs.

It would also make more sense for England to play the three-Test, five-ODI series in Sri Lanka instead of the UAE, as they are due to tour Sri Lanka soon after, from early March to April 2012.

Sri Lanka are also scheduled to play a Test and ODI series against Pakistan this October, and that series is almost certain to be held in Sri Lanka, Ranatunga said. "We have put forward our proposal to the PCB and are awaiting a response from them. I am quite certain they would want to play the series in Sri Lanka."

Sri Lanka were the last international team to play in Pakistan, in early 2009, with the second Test being called off midway after the Sri Lankan team bus was shot at in Lahore. The incident led to the ICC dropping Pakistan as one of the four countries co-hosting the 2011 World Cup, and Pakistan have been using Abu Dhabi and Dubai as neutral venues for their matches since.

Sri Lanka previously hosted a neutral Test between Pakistan and Australia in Colombo in October 2002, after Australia cited security concerns over travelling to Pakistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks and the ensuing war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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  • POSTED BY tahi_hq on | May 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Srilanka is okay but ii think Sharjah cricket ground would be the ideal venue for Pakistan......

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, i am big fan of yours for long time mate, keep up your good work, i will support you much as i can buddy..good luck...KiwiRocker rules....

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    welcome to SL ... pakistan team and fans..we always support u guys

  • POSTED BY CricSare on | May 12, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    SL is the second home for the Pakistani cricketers.We warmly welcome you and wanna see Pak beating Eng easily ~~~

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Thank you so much Sri Lanka!! Its really nice to know we have some friends who care about us!

  • POSTED BY Thivagar93 on | May 11, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Well Sri lanka is currently in Rs.4 billion debt.......this will defiently help SL board. Pakistan has 150 Million people and England is a wealthy nation, so advertisement will bring lot of money in. Only time SLCB makes money is when India comes here...its a advantage for Pak and SL

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | May 11, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: Nobody is stopping you from dreaming, you can dream all you want. For this to become big and shut the IPL the SL economy needs to multiply several times from its current size in next one year. Its the not only the public interest which earns money, its the booming economy which earns you money and attracts big players. I hope it grows big, but to imagine it to outgrow IPL in an year can only happen in your dreams or maybe in a Video game.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 11, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Kiwirocker explains the political side of this move excellently.... I salute Lanka for being the first country (other than England) to actually try to openly challenge the BCCI.... BCCI seems that they have accepted this tournament (probably laughing, thinking it will not be a success) will get very interesting if the tournament gets famous and gets highly televised and the BCCI tries to shut it down next year (would be amazing if India gets more tv subscriptions to this than their own India/England series)

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    THank uuu Srilankans.............. We Pakistan love you from the core of the heart that u r supporting us in these difficult times!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Sri lankan soil suites Pakistan caz its good for spinners and have something to offer to those who likes to bend back or keep it nice and simple, While Bangladesh have flat tracks or that stay low and slow which isnt ideal for any format of game except if you have 5 spinners to bowl like Bangladesh and India no way they dont desrve hosting Pakistans home series as they never liked Pakistan progressing (no offense) so Sri Lanka remains the best option.

  • POSTED BY tahi_hq on | May 13, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Srilanka is okay but ii think Sharjah cricket ground would be the ideal venue for Pakistan......

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | May 13, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, i am big fan of yours for long time mate, keep up your good work, i will support you much as i can buddy..good luck...KiwiRocker rules....

  • POSTED BY on | May 13, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    welcome to SL ... pakistan team and fans..we always support u guys

  • POSTED BY CricSare on | May 12, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    SL is the second home for the Pakistani cricketers.We warmly welcome you and wanna see Pak beating Eng easily ~~~

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Thank you so much Sri Lanka!! Its really nice to know we have some friends who care about us!

  • POSTED BY Thivagar93 on | May 11, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    Well Sri lanka is currently in Rs.4 billion debt.......this will defiently help SL board. Pakistan has 150 Million people and England is a wealthy nation, so advertisement will bring lot of money in. Only time SLCB makes money is when India comes here...its a advantage for Pak and SL

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | May 11, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: Nobody is stopping you from dreaming, you can dream all you want. For this to become big and shut the IPL the SL economy needs to multiply several times from its current size in next one year. Its the not only the public interest which earns money, its the booming economy which earns you money and attracts big players. I hope it grows big, but to imagine it to outgrow IPL in an year can only happen in your dreams or maybe in a Video game.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 11, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Kiwirocker explains the political side of this move excellently.... I salute Lanka for being the first country (other than England) to actually try to openly challenge the BCCI.... BCCI seems that they have accepted this tournament (probably laughing, thinking it will not be a success) will get very interesting if the tournament gets famous and gets highly televised and the BCCI tries to shut it down next year (would be amazing if India gets more tv subscriptions to this than their own India/England series)

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    THank uuu Srilankans.............. We Pakistan love you from the core of the heart that u r supporting us in these difficult times!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Sri lankan soil suites Pakistan caz its good for spinners and have something to offer to those who likes to bend back or keep it nice and simple, While Bangladesh have flat tracks or that stay low and slow which isnt ideal for any format of game except if you have 5 spinners to bowl like Bangladesh and India no way they dont desrve hosting Pakistans home series as they never liked Pakistan progressing (no offense) so Sri Lanka remains the best option.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I think it's a good point to have the seriese in Sri Lanka....both Pakisthan and England witll have ground support..and Sri Lankan fans always likes watch Competative Cricket....so in this situation it's kind of a win..win situation for both parties and for Sri Lanka..it's better for the game and for the tourisam industry..looking forward to see the "BAAMY ARMY" again...and the cheerfulEnglish crowd and the pakistani's.I believe there will be good venues for the matches and SRL board should take action to use most of the venues for the matches....and it will be a great idea to have a Tri-nation series...SRL vs PAK vs ENG....All the best for the organizers and looking forward to some great Cricket!!

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | May 11, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    I think Srilanka would be a better option as its Pakistani cricket board's moral responsibility to help their fellow Srilankans get rid of their financial deficit. This series might just do that. Other than that how about holding the matches in England ? Enjoyed watching the matches on tv the last time these two sides met in England.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | May 11, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    JohnSmith- Cheers..That is story of my life mate. CricInfo should award me for my immense contibution to this site for years and in particular for exposing over rated Tendulya...LOL! Reaction of Indian fans is priceless!

  • POSTED BY SZN97 on | May 11, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    We are really thankful to Sri Lankan Cricket board of giving Pakistan a lot of support

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    @KiwiRocker I think I love you.

  • POSTED BY harshalb on | May 11, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Till teams start visiting Pakistan again, SL seems one of the best options. Another option could be Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    well i guess UAE would be a better choice than SL . the %age of ppl of the two playing countries is far more in UAE than in SL. The only concerning thing is the financial issue which PCB is looking into and it seems to be the only reason that the PCB has thought of considering SL as a venue for the diverted home series

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka will be a better option than UAE.It ll be good for Pakistan,good for Lankans as they ll alsoget benefit and good for England as wel as they r already touring Sri kanka.So its a win win situation for all the countries.Good to see pakistanis going for league in lanka.Sri lanka are our friends.I again say sorry for what happened in Mrch 2009.

  • POSTED BY mm71 on | May 11, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, buddy, are you on a mission on badmouthing India & BCCI everytime you post? Pakistan is playing England in Sri Lanka, where did India or BCCI come from?

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    i am big fan of srilankan board as they always support pakistani team/board .... so i think it would be perfect neutral venue for Pakistan in prospect of income, croud and also hospitality given by srilankans to Pakistani team ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    ummm well it wud jus like a home venue for pakistan and for British as well. wat abt a tri-series i mean; england, srilanka and pakistan. A tri-nation ony-day tournment after Test matches b/w pakistan n england....! pls som1 giv idea to ICC n Boards.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I was in Colombo for the Pak-Aus match and the level of support i saw for Pakistan left me dumbfounded. I would love to go back for some more Pak matches and I think SL is waaaay better than the UAE as a "home" venue.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | May 11, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Great news- This is a great example of amazing relationship between Pakistan cricket and Sri Lankan cricket. Pakistani cricketers are the most popular playrers in SL after their own players and same applies to SL players when they play in Pakistan. JaySuriya was immensely popular in Pakistan. This is also a slap in face of BCCI and a lesson for Bangladeshi board. BCCI thinks that they own cricket world and trying to buy rankings with their money- A lot of home test matches, DRS or No DRS,Special balls,dodgy umpires and 65M grounds can win India matches but my champions will always be Sri Lankans and Pakistanis as they play with passion and do well against the odds. Bangladesh got test ranking coz of support from Pakistan and last year they refused to tour Pakistan on orders from their pupper masters at BCCI..Surely East Pakistan could learn something from Sri Lanka..I am also looking forward to Sri Lankan league as IPL has become a big fake joke with ove rated players like Tendulya..

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Pakistan chose Sri Lanka to play all their group matches of the 2011 World Cup and they had a lot of crowd support. That will be soon again....

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Pakistan chose Sri Lanka to play all their group matches of the 2011 World Cup and they had a lot of crowd support..... that will be soon again...

  • POSTED BY denwarlo70 on | May 11, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka would be an ideal venue for this series. Pakistan would feel more at home with all the local support. Remember how the Lankans supported them in all their games at the CWC 2011? Looking forward to see both Pak and ENG teams here in 2012.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 11, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    I am a Lankan and I am a big fan of Pakistan but I feel that Pakistan must show that for nearly 9 consecutive months no suicide bomb at all and then international teams will fell safe to visit Pakistan. If the tests were held in UAE, the attendance will be very low. May be the ODIs should be in UAE and the tests in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has a big fan base for Pakistan and Barmy Army too can come over.

  • POSTED BY Umms on | May 10, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    It is very strange, that people in Pakistan do not come to Stadium in test matches. No wonder why we dont have quality test players!

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 10, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @stark62 - sri lankans love the pakistanis and love them more than the british for sure, pakistanis also tend to do well in Lanka so it is like a home venue for them

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 10, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    what i thot sri lanka would play a series in pakistan

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 10, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    I don't mind Pak playing in SL but will there be any support?

    It's better to go with UAE because you'll at least get support from the Pakistani's living in UAE.

    Plus, the Test series against SA was a success although, the pitch could be turned into a spinners paradise.

  • POSTED BY pakwellwisher on | May 10, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    I really wish cricket returns to pakistan someday.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Looking forward for some good cricket in Pakistan. People here are cricket hungry!

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  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Looking forward for some good cricket in Pakistan. People here are cricket hungry!

  • POSTED BY pakwellwisher on | May 10, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    I really wish cricket returns to pakistan someday.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 10, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    I don't mind Pak playing in SL but will there be any support?

    It's better to go with UAE because you'll at least get support from the Pakistani's living in UAE.

    Plus, the Test series against SA was a success although, the pitch could be turned into a spinners paradise.

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | May 10, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    what i thot sri lanka would play a series in pakistan

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 10, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @stark62 - sri lankans love the pakistanis and love them more than the british for sure, pakistanis also tend to do well in Lanka so it is like a home venue for them

  • POSTED BY Umms on | May 10, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    It is very strange, that people in Pakistan do not come to Stadium in test matches. No wonder why we dont have quality test players!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | May 11, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    I am a Lankan and I am a big fan of Pakistan but I feel that Pakistan must show that for nearly 9 consecutive months no suicide bomb at all and then international teams will fell safe to visit Pakistan. If the tests were held in UAE, the attendance will be very low. May be the ODIs should be in UAE and the tests in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has a big fan base for Pakistan and Barmy Army too can come over.

  • POSTED BY denwarlo70 on | May 11, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka would be an ideal venue for this series. Pakistan would feel more at home with all the local support. Remember how the Lankans supported them in all their games at the CWC 2011? Looking forward to see both Pak and ENG teams here in 2012.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Pakistan chose Sri Lanka to play all their group matches of the 2011 World Cup and they had a lot of crowd support..... that will be soon again...

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Pakistan chose Sri Lanka to play all their group matches of the 2011 World Cup and they had a lot of crowd support. That will be soon again....