Pakistan captain Sarfaraz still counting on Sri Lanka coming

Pakistan cricket team's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed attends a training session at Lord's cricket ground in London on July 4, 2019. (AFP/File)
Updated 13 September 2019

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz still counting on Sri Lanka coming

  • Sri Lanka Cricket warned of a possible terrorist threat during tour of Pakistan
  • In 2009 Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is still counting on Sri Lanka turning up for a limited-overs series this month despite alleged terrorist threats.
Sri Lanka Cricket said on Wednesday it was warned of a possible terrorist threat during the scheduled tour of Pakistan, and sought a reassessment of the security situation before the first of three one-day internationals on Sept. 27 in Karachi. There’s also three Twenty20s scheduled in Lahore from Oct. 5-9.
“Inshallah (God willing) they will come, we should hope for the best,” said on Friday in Karachi.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board is trying its best and we should all pray that international cricket should come back to Pakistan.”
Sarfaraz added the International Cricket Council and other national boards should come forward and support Pakistan more in its bid to revive international cricket back home.
“The way PCB has worked over the last 10 years, it’s a tremendous effort,” he said.
He also noted how quick Pakistan supported Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings there by sending a junior team to tour.
Major teams have avoided Pakistan since the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009. Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI in limited-overs matches amid intense.


Pakistan carries out highest number of COVID-19 tests in a day this week

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Pakistan carries out highest number of COVID-19 tests in a day this week

  • 42,299 tests carried out on Wednesday with two percent positivity rate, Asad Umar says 
  • Pakistan has seen a slowing of coronavirus numbers since June when it recorded 7,000 infections in one day

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar has said Pakistan had conducted the highest number of coronavirus tests in one day on Wednesday this week.
Pakistan lifted nearly all lockdown restrictions on businesses and tourism last month and this month began the phased reopening of schools and universities also.
“Significant build up in covid testing done to carry out sentinel [random] testing at educational institutions in order to identify early trends, if any,” Umar said in a Twitter post. “42,299 tests carried out yesterday which is by far the highest ever. Positivity ratio continues to be stable below 2%.”


The South Asian country has recorded more than 308,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 6,500 deaths, but has seen a slowing of numbers since June, when it recorded nearly 7,000 infections and 118 deaths in a single day.
Around 798 cases were recorded in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, according to a government portal.