27 Dec 2008

Sri Lanka gives go ahead for cricket tour of Pakistan

6:14 am on 27 December 2008

The Sri Lankan president has given the green light for the national cricket team to tour Pakistan next month in place of India, who cancelled their five-week series over the Mumbai attacks.

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama announced the decision to go ahead with the month long tour after talks with president Mahinda Rajapakse.

Last week, Sri Lanka Cricket said they agreed to take India's place and asked the hosts to scrap two Twenty20 games and turn them into one day matches.

Sri Lanka are likely to play Test matches in Karachi, Lahore and Multan, while Karachi would also host the two proposed one-dayers. The remaining one-dayers would likely be played in Lahore.

Pakistan last played a Test match in December last year, against India in Bangalore.