West Indies women’s team to play three T20s in Pakistan

In this file photo, West Indies's Stafanie Taylor, right, looks on as Hayley Matthews celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs) during the World T20 cricket tournament women's final match between Australia and West Indies in Kolkata on April 3, 2016. (AFP)
Updated 24 January 2019
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West Indies women’s team to play three T20s in Pakistan

  • Cricket was banned in Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009
  • PCB chief operating officer said in a statement that Cricket West Indies has “endorsed” PCB’s position that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other country by agreeing to send its women’s team

ISLAMABAD: A women’s cricket team from the West Indies will tour Pakistan for three Twenty20 matches at Karachi which the Pakistan Cricket Board sees it as “a major step toward revival of international cricket in the country.”
Pakistan has hosted only short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, World XI and the West Indies since terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka cricket team bus at Lahore in 2009.
PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said in a statement on Thursday that Cricket West Indies has “endorsed” PCB’s position that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other country by agreeing to send its women’s team for a tour later this month.
“We are confident that this tour will go a long way in the complete revival of international cricket in Pakistan,” Ahmed said.
The March 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus by 12 gunmen near Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore killed six Pakistan policeman and two civilians and injured six members of the Sri Lankan team.


Kusal Perera the hero as Sri Lanka pull off stunning run chase to beat South Africa in Durban

Updated 16 February 2019
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Kusal Perera the hero as Sri Lanka pull off stunning run chase to beat South Africa in Durban

DURBAN: Sri Lanka pulled off a stunning against-the-odds run chase to beat South Africa by one wicket in the first Test on Saturday as Kusal Perera almost single-handedly won the game with his 153 not out.
Chasing an unlikely 304, Sri Lanka were 226-9 and seemingly out of it. But a last-wicket partnership of 78 between Perera and Vishwa Fernando took the tourists to a thrilling victory on the fourth day.
Perera scored 68 of those 78 runs, but Fernando hung in for 27 balls for his 6 not out to allow Perera to guide the tourists home.
Sri Lanka’s victory gives them a 1-0 lead in the short two-test series and ends South Africa’s run of seven straight home series wins.
Sri Lanka’s 304-9 was the third-highest successful run chase in nearly 100 years of Test cricket at the Kingsmead ground in Durban.
Perera won it with a late cut down to the boundary for four, prompting Sri Lankan players to sprint from the dressing room and out onto the pitch to congratulate their match winner. Perera removed his helmet and thrust both arms up in the air to celebrate one of the best innings ever by a Sri Lankan.
Sri Lanka have lost their last three series and had two debutants and a new captain for the first test, meaning few people gave the inexperienced visiting team a chance against South Africa.