PCB invites Sri Lanka to play in Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan’s restored cricket chief Najam Sethi said Thursday that his board is inviting Sri Lanka to play a home series.

The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came two days after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain to send his cricket team during a meeting on the sidelines of a summit in China.

“We are sending a letter of invitation to Sri Lanka Cricket today after their president promised to send his country’s cricket team to Pakistan and we hope for a positive outcome,” Sethi told a press conference.

“We are ready to host them, have mentioned the gap in our cricket commitments and want to use this opportunity,” said Sethi.

“Our top priority is to host an international team and we are making efforts for that.”

Sethi was holding his first press conference after being restored as chairman of the PCB management committee by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, four days after a Islamabad high court ruling suspended him and reinstated Zaka Ashraf.

Pakistan is set to tour Sri Lanka in August to play two Tests and three one-day internationals.

They will then host Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates from October 3 to December 19.

They are scheduled to host Zimbabwe in December to January, but that period could be utilised to host Sri Lanka.