The second One-day International (ODI) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi, on Monday (Sep 30), after heavy rain had washed out the opening match, much to the disappointment of the cricket fans who had flocked to the stadium for what was to be the first ODI played on a Karachi pitch in a decade.
Teams have been reluctant to visit the cricket-mad country since a deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, and Karachi has not hosted a one-day international since then. Pakistan have been forced to play nearly all of their “home” matches in the United Arab Emirates due to security concerns.
According to the old schedule, the second ODI was bound to be played on September 29 but Sunday’s match was rescheduled to Monday to avoid possible rain. It must be noted that there is very little chance of rain on September 30, according to the weather forecast, so fans are likely to witness a full match.
The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore next month. The latest series is an attempt by Pakistan Cricket Board to bring international cricket back into the country following the 2009 attacks.
Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Angelo Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana and Kasun Rajitha
Pakistan: Imamul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Usman Shinwari
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