Sri Lanka delegation to arrive in Lahore today to review T20 security | Sports

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at an entry gate of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore/AFP file photo

LAHORE: A two-member security delegation of Sri Lankan cricket board will arrive in Lahore today to review arrangements for the third and final T20 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, October 29.

International cricket festivity returns to Lahore after almost a month, as the Gaddafi Stadium gets ready to welcome Sri Lankan team after successful hosting of the three-match Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI in September.

The arena is being given a fresh look to hold the much-anticipated match. Pitches are being prepared and the grass has been cut in different patterns as the ground gets a makeover.

Different enclosures are being washed and plastic chairs are getting their original colour back after dust removal. Broken chairs are being replaced with new ones.

“There is nothing much to be done as the entire stadium is in perfect condition as few weeks ago we organised the World XI series”, said a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board while talking to APP here on Tuesday.

“We are just taking care of the minor things and work, where it is needed and necessary”, he said.

To a question, he said the stadium will get a beautiful look in a couple of days and they are looking forward to organise the match in a befitting manner.

“Another historic moment will be added in Pakistan cricket history with the Sri Lankan team playing with Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium, which is the home of Pakistan cricket; [it has] organised a number of elite cricket events, including the World Cup in the past”, he said.

The official said PCB authorities, along with law enforcing agencies, are designing a security plan to further beef up security.

According to the security plan, the entire Nishtar Park sports complex and the restaurants and businesses located in its vicinity will be closed from October 26 to 29.

“Similar measures (closing of the Nishtar Park sports complex) were also taken earlier this year when we organised the final of the Pakistan Super League and the matches of World XI last month”, he said.

Online tickets for the upcoming match went on sale last week. The tickets are also available at designated courier centres.

The first and second T20 of the series will be held on Thursday and Friday at Abu Dhabi.

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