Earlier today, the Sri Lanka men’s national blind cricket team arrived in Pakistan for friendly Twenty-20 and One Day series against the host nation.
The first game is scheduled to take place on Sunday at the Iqbal stadium Faisalabad, with additional matches on Monday and Tuesday. A one day series then kicks off in Gujranwala next Thursday, followed by another match on Friday and the series concluding on April 10 with a game at the Lahore City Cricket Association. Sri Lanka is then scheduled to fly home on April 11.
Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC)’s chairman was quoted in a press release as saying, “Fool proof security will be provided to the Lankan side and the concerned quarters have assured their full cooperation in this regard. We are thankful to the Sri Lankan side to visit Pakistan and we believe their tour will go a long way in the further development of blind cricket not only in Pakistan but in the South Asian region.”
Pakistan had previously announced they were going with an all new lineup for this series in an attempt to position themselves to beat India at the next Blind Cricket World Cup to take place in India in November. Despite this, PBCC announced that Muhammad Jamil would be the captain of the Pakistani side for this series, with Muhammad Ayaz serving as his deputy.
The 18 member Bangladeshi squad for this series includes Sajid, Muhammad Osama, Muhammad Asif, Badar Munir, Ayub Khan, Rohail Amin, Moteh ullah, Fasih ullah, Israr ul hasan, Muhammad Ejaz, Muhammad Rashid, Mohsin Khan and Riasat Khan.