Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan 2019–20

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Not to be confused with Sri Lankan cricket team against Pakistan in the UAE in 2019–20.

The Sri Lankan cricket team are currently touring Pakistan in September and October 2019 to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against the Pakistan cricket team.[1][2] The tour originally had two Test matches scheduled to take place, but these were moved to December 2019.[3][4] Sri Lanka last played a match in Pakistan in October 2017, when the third T20I took place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.[5][6]

Several players in Sri Lanka’s squad opted not to travel for the series,[7] with Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka named as ODI and T20I captains respectively.[8] Despite Pakistan failing to reach the semi finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England, Sarfaraz Ahmed was retained as the captain of the team for the tour, with Babar Azam named as vice-captain.[9][10] Sarfaraz later said that leading the Pakistan team at home “will be one of the highlights of my career”.[11]

The first ODI match at the National Stadium in Karachi was abandoned due to rain.[12] It was the first time that an ODI match at the venue had been washed out.[13] As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rescheduled the second ODI match, moving it back one day to 30 September 2019, to allow the groundstaff more time to prepare the outfield.[14] Pakistan won both of the remaining matches to win the ODI series 2–0.[15]

In the T20I series, Sri Lanka won the first match by 64 runs, their first win against Pakistan since December 2013.[16] Sri Lanka also won the second T20I, by a margin of 35 runs, to take an unassailable lead in the series.[17] It was Sri Lanka’s first ever series win against Pakistan in a T20I bilateral series.[18]


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Squads
  • 3 ODI series
    • 3.1 1st ODI
    • 3.2 2nd ODI
    • 3.3 3rd ODI
  • 4 T20I series
    • 4.1 1st T20I
    • 4.2 2nd T20I
    • 4.3 3rd T20I
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


In March 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by gunmen ahead of the second Test match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, and have not played a full series in Pakistan since.[19] In May 2019, at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting in Singapore, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made a request to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to play two Test matches in Pakistan.[20] In July 2019, the SLC sent a security expert to assess the situation in Pakistan,[21] with Sri Lanka Cricket saying they were “likely” to play a Test match in the country.[22] A further decision was taken by Sri Lanka after a security delegation inspects venues in Lahore and Karachi in early August 2019.[23][24] The delegation gave Sri Lanka Cricket “very positive feedback”, suggesting that Sri Lanka could be open to playing a Test match in Pakistan.[25] On 22 August 2019, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister confirmed their agreement to play a three-match ODI series in Pakistan in October, but ruled out playing any Test matches.[26][27]

On 9 September 2019, Sri Lanka Cricket met with players who were selected in a preliminary squad for the tour, to confirm with each individual if they would travel or not to Pakistan.[28][29] Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva all confirmed that they would not be going to Pakistan for the tour.[30] Two days later, on the day that Sri Lanka named the squads to tour Pakistan, Sri Lanka’s government received information on a possible terrorist threat on the team.[31] Sri Lanka Cricket conducted a reassessment prior to the tour starting.[32] The PCB ruled out moving the fixtures to a neutral venue.[33] Ehsan Mani, chairman of the PCB, stated that “we don’t have the time to shift or lookout for any other option right now”, reiterating that the PCB’s default position of playing the matches in Pakistan.[34] On 19 September 2019, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that the tour would go ahead as planned.[35][36] Two days later, the PCB appointed all the match officials for the tour.[37]


ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

  • No toss.
  • No play was possible due to rain.

2nd ODI[edit]

  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

3rd ODI[edit]

  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Minod Bhanuka (SL) made his ODI debut.

T20I series[edit]

1st T20I[edit]

  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Minod Bhanuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (SL) both made their T20I debuts.
  • Dasun Shanaka captained Sri Lanka for the first time in T20Is.[42]
  • Mohammad Hasnain became the youngest bowler, the second for Pakistan, and nineth overall, to take a hat-trick in T20Is (19 years 183 days).[43][44]

2nd T20I[edit]

  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

3rd T20I[edit]


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  • External links[edit]

    • Series home at ESPN Cricinfo

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