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Sri Lanka eases ban on all-rounder Gunathilaka

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Erik Tate | 18 October, 2017, 00:46

Meanwhile, Pakistan would play their second match today (Monday), with the series 1-0, the men in green would be eyeing to oush their lead further.

Leading cricket nations have shunned playing in Pakistan since the 2009 assault, in which gunmen ambushed the Sri Lankan team bus en route to the Lahore stadium, wounding at least seven players.

The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the second ODI by 32 runs of the five-match series in Abu Dhabi.

Gunathilaka was dropped from the squad for the ongoing five-match one-day worldwide series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Japan, US agree to seek diplomatic solution to Korean Peninsula tensions
The statement comes on the heels of heightened rhetoric between North Korea and the United States over the past several months. Mr Kim warned that tensions on the peninsula have "reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

A source close to the board said skipper Upul Tharanga and Lasith Malinga were likely to pull out of the entire series due to security concerns about the final. The board said it "confirmed its commitment to play the third T20" in Lahore following assessments made by both Sri Lankan and Pakistan government authorities, independent security experts and the International Cricket Council. SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala will also come with his players.

Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, found the going tough as they lost half the side at the end of 20 overs for just 79, but Azam and Shadab led the fightback.

After a clinical win in the first ODI it is time for Pakistan cricket team to enjoy some good time, as the team celebrated the birthday of middle order batsman, Babar Azam, as the Lahore born turned 23 on Sunday.

But a World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations played in Lahore last month, with Pakistan hoping the visit would help end years of global isolation.

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