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Sri Lanka Cricket Squad Arrives in Pakistan

Lahore (October 29, 2017): Sri Lanka cricket team have arrived at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore amid high security in the wee hours of Sunday .

It is pertinent to mention here that Sri Lankan squat landed in Pakistan after eight years. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in the third and final T20 match of the series today in Lahore.

Sri Lankan team arrive at Allama Iqbal International Airport by Etihad Airways flight EY241. The Lions were escorted to their hotel by police commandos and other security officials. The third and final T20 match of the series will be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Chairman Sri Lanka Cricket Board and sports minister were also accompanied by the team.

The Green Shirts already lead the T20I series 2-0, after beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the opening game and winning a last-ball thriller in the second T20I.

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Sunday’s game will mark the homecoming of top-level international cricket as Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit Pakistan since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009 — with attack survivors among those returning to the scene.

Tens of thousands of security personnel have been deployed in Lahore for the occasion. They will guard routes to the stadium, and air surveillance and intelligence monitoring is also in place as Pakistan rolls out head-of-state level measures.

The Sri Lankan team, led by all-rounder Thisara Perera after Upal Tharanga pulled out of the fixture, departed from Abu Dhabi around 10pm and touchdown in Lahore around 2:25 am.

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