Sri Lanka's T20 squad depleted amid safety concerns

Sri Lankan President keen to broaden relations with Pakistan
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After a bit of controversy, Sri Lanka Cricket announced a 16 member squad for the upcoming three-match twenty20 series against Pakistan in the UAE and Lahore.

The Test and one-day worldwide series between the two nations have taken place in United Arab Emirates, where the first two T20s will also take place.

"It is not fair to allow players to pick and choose games", said the minister.

"At the moment the board is talking to each of the players individually, so the selectors don't know exactly who is available now", he added.

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Thisara Perera recently toured Pakistan as part of the World XI side last month.

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However, the final match will see Sri Lanka return to Lahore for the first time since their team bus was attacked in 2009.

A three-match T20 series is set to follow with the first two matches being played at Abu Dhabi while the final match has been scheduled for Lahore as part of Pakistan Cricket Board's efforts to bring back global cricket to their home turf.

Perera will be the ninth cricketer to captain Sri Lanka in the shortest format of the game.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether interim coach Nic Pothas will join his squad after expressing his own concerns about the match in Lahore.

The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29). If everything is fine, we have to go to Pakistan. The last match will be played in Lahore on October 29.

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