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Sri Lankan Cricket team leaves with fond memories: Calls Pakistan 200% safe

While the Sri Lankan Cricket team is credited for resuming international cricket in Pakistan, guest players departed the country with fond memories and positive assertions for the security agencies and PCB management for wonderful security and hospitality.

Prominent Sri Lankan cricketers have appreciated the security and hospitality provided to them by security agencies during their tour for the homecoming test match series in Pakistan.

Cricketer Angelo Mathews, skipper Sri Lankan team Dimuth Karunaratne and other team officials expressed gratitude to the security agencies of Pakistan, particularly, Special Services Groups, (SSG), for providing fool-proof security to them. Adding that the brave security personnel risked their lives for their safety.

Angelo Mathews in his tweet asserted that Pakistan is 200% safe for international cricket. Mathews posted the picture with two security personnel from the Pakistan military. While Karunaratne expressed collective gratitude to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Pakistan armed forces and spectators for cheering and supporting them. He concluded his tweet on declaring Pakistan safe for international cricket and players.

Daniel Alexander, the administration member of the Sri Lankan cricket team, asserted that while Pakistan’s security agencies provided them with excellent security, Sri Lankan players also cherished the hospitality extended to them in Pakistan, they look forward to returning Pakistan to play international cricket.

Alexander encouraged other international cricket teams and players to come and play in Pakistan. Similarly, Sri Lankan commentator Roshan Abeysinghe also appreciated the test match series in Pakistan. He rejoiced the hospitality and love received in the country. He, however, advised Pakistan to beef up the professionalism of immigration staff at the airport following an inconvenience due to the delay in flight by 1½ hour.

He asserted that hard-earned positive image risks being sullied by the inefficient immigration staff. Adding that such things may offend the international tourists and undo Pakistan’s image of a tourist-friendly country.

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Meanwhile, Pakistani players visited the Sri Lankan cricket team dressing room, for their support in resuming international cricket in Pakistan.

Pakistan clinched a decisive victory against Sri Lanka in a second and last test match of the homecoming series on Monday morning. Green shirts defeated the islanders by 236 runs marking the first test match victory at home ground in 13 years.

The first test match of the series was drawn between Sri Lankan and Pakistan in Rawalpindi. The second and last test match in Karachi commenced on Thursday 19th December in which Pakistani players put up a pack of match-winning performances.

Earlier, former cricketer and commentator, Russel Arnold, had a wonderful time with the Pakistani cricket team. He amused cricket fans with his hilarious tweets on eating options in Karachi and Rawalpindi. While interacting with the cricket fans in Karachi and Rawalpindi, he asked about various eating options in Rawalpindi; asked whether to eat Mamoo burger or Savour’s food.

Then again in Karachi, he asked if Karachi is the capital of biryani in the world.

Meanwhile, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq expressed bewilderment on the refusal of the Bangladesh cricket team tour Pakistan despite Sri Lanka’s successful tour to Pakistan. Chairman, Ahsan Mani, also asserted that Pakistan will host all the series in the country onwards.