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Sri Lanka to play Third T20I in Lahore's Gaddafi stadium on October 29

Allrounder Mohammad Hafeez returns to Pakistan's squad for the three T20Is against Sri Lanka, which begin on October 26.

"The Executive Committee evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council - which successfully conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team - and having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously chose to play the third T20 in Lahore on October 29".

"The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket made a decision to revise the suspension imposed on Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal", Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

The third T20I is the final match of the current tour of Pakistan in the UAE and the SLC administration had wanted to play at Lahore's Gaddaffi Stadium.

Gunathilaka was suspended for unspecified "misconduct" during Sri Lanka's humiliating home series thrashing by India in which the islanders lost 9-0.

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The remaining matches will be held in Abu Dhabi (October 18) and in Sharjah (October 20 and 23).

Since 2009, the only worldwide team to visit Pakistan is Zimbabwe, who played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015.

A source close to the board said skipper Upul Tharanga and Lasith Malinga were likely to pull out of the entire series due to security concerns about the final.

The SLC said over the past two months it had conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the governments of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board and independent security experts.

Earlier, a PCB official also confirmed that the Sri Lankan team won't back off from the tour as they have agreed to send their team in a meeting involving the PCB, the SLC and the ICC. It was in a location near Lahore the Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked on 3 March 2009 and since then there had been no concrete evidence of improvement in security in the Region.

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