Almost all the tickets are sold out for the tomorrow ‘s match. Sri Lanka’s limited-overs tour to Pakistan begins on Friday (tomorrow) with the opening game of the three-match ODI series at Karachi’s National StadiumThe fixture will be played at 3pm local time.
It will be the first time that Pakistan are hosting Sri Lanka for an ODI series since January 2009.
Sri Lanka’s depleted national cricket squad left for Pakistan on Tuesday expressing confidence in security promises by the hosts despite reports that the team could be targeted by militants.
The Sri Lanka team were attacked in Lahore in 2009. Since then most international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country, leaving Pakistan to play nearly all their “home” games in the United Arab Emirates.
Ten senior players citing security concerns have opted out of the tour comprising three one-day internationals and three T20 matches beginning on Friday.
“I have been there before,” Shanaka told reporters just before the team left Colombo where they were blessed by saffron-robed Buddhist monks.
“I am satisfied with the security arranged for us and I am happy to lead my team to Pakistan. We hope to give a good fight to our very strong hosts.”