Second T20I: Pakistan wins toss, opts to field against Sri Lanka

The first T20 will begin at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday on 09:00 pm as per Pakistan Standard Time (PST).

Meher Mohammad Khalil, a Pakistani bus driver who held his nerve under gunfire to guide the Sri Lankan team to safety during an attack in 2009, is thrilled that worldwide cricket is finally returning to Lahore.

Not only Sri Lanka will be led by a new Captain, replacing Upul Tharanga who refused to visit Pakistan for final T20 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on October 29 but also 11 players of 16-member Sri Lankan squad have yet to begin their T20 global career. "With improved security we hope fully fledged worldwide cricket will return to Pakistan in the next two years".

Since then UAE has become Pakistan's "home" venue away from home as the PCB gradually tries to convince foreign teams that it's safe to play worldwide cricket in Pakistan.

The team and their officials were taken to a five-star hotel in a bomb-proof bus with hundreds of security guards on the roads and at the resort.

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But several Sri Lanka players won't be there.

Asanka Gurusinha and Hashan Tillakaratne two of Sri Lanka's survivors in the 2009 attack that killed eight people will be coming to Lahore again as team manager and batting coach respectively.

Cricket-starved fans have bought tickets in large numbers to witness Sunday's match despite the series already being won by Pakistan.

In the last eight years Pakistan have only hosted minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, the final of Pakistan Super League and a three-match Twenty20 series against a World XI - comprised of players from seven countries - earlier this year.

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