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Pakistan safe for all teams, says Ratnayake

 Pakistan safe for all teams, says Ratnayake
A young and inexperienced Sri Lanka team thrashed top-ranked Pakistan in the Twenty20s. (AP)

Lahore - Ratnayake called the security "impeccable" and said he had "enjoyed every moment of it



By AP

Published: Thu 10 Oct 2019, 11:35 PM

Last updated: Fri 11 Oct 2019, 1:39 AM

Sri Lanka's trouble-free tour of Pakistan amid presidential-level security has paved the way for other cricket teams to play in the country, according to Sri Lanka coach Rumesh Ratnayake.
"This (tour) has gone very smoothly and it will encourage so many other countries to come here," Ratnayake said. "This tour is a message for the whole world." Sri Lanka lost the ODI series 2-0 at Karachi, but their second-string side upset Pakistan in the Twenty20s with a 3-0 sweep at Lahore.
Major teams have avoided touring Pakistan since Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked at Lahore in 2009.
"To experience the hospitality of Pakistan is a great thing, I've experienced it after a long, long time and, if anything, it's got even better," Ratnayake said.
"It was a lot of hard work for the whole system to have us here."
Ratnayake called the security "impeccable" and said he had "enjoyed every moment of it even though some of us came in doubt. But the doubt has been taken out now."


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