Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2019
3 ODIs, 3 T20s . Sep 27-Oct 09
The Sri Lankan cricket team are currently touring Pakistan in September and October 2019 to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against the Pakistan cricket team. The tour originally had two Test matches scheduled to take place, but these were moved to December 2019. Sri Lanka last played a match in Pakistan in October 2017, when the third T20I took place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Several players in Sri Lanka’s squad opted not to travel for the series, with Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka named as ODI and T20I captains respectively. Despite Pakistan failing to reach the semi finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England, Sarfaraz Ahmed was retained as the captain of the team for the tour, with Babar Azam named as vice-captain. Sarfaraz later said that leading the Pakistan team at home “will be one of the highlights of my career”.
The first ODI match at the National Stadium in Karachi was abandoned due to rain. It was the first time that an ODI match at the venue had been washed out. As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rescheduled the second ODI match, moving it back one day to 30 September 2019, to allow the groundstaff more time to prepare the outfield.