By Fazeela Saba
The good news for Pakistan is that Sri Lanka will be certainly sending a team to play in the 3rd T20I against Pakistan in Lahore.
Presently news is agog that negotiations are on between the Sri Lanka cricket management and the senior players to convince them to make the tour.
But it is reliably understood that the seniors including the captain Upul Tharanga are unwilling to make the visit.
There is some sort of player psychosis following the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 when they were travelling in the team bus in Lahore, the scars of that tour continue to haunt the players as the touring team escaped couple of minor injuries during the 2009 tour.
Prospects of reviving international cricket in Pakistan have come alive following the World XI tour to Pakistan recently which included one Sri Lankan player Thisara Perera and the only player who has declared his availability for the tour.
The Sri Lanka cricket management is still trying to convince the senior players to make the tour.
One thing is certain. Sri Lanka has announced that whoever is willing or not, a team, in all probability a second string team will make it.
The young bucks striving for permanency to secure places with the future in mind are said to be keen to tour Pakistan.
From a Pakistan perspective, it will mark the breaking of new ground in international cricket for a nation highly immersed in cricket at the international level.
For the 200 million Pakistanis who are die hard cricket fans indeed this is great news. For the fan base, starved of watching their heroes in action it is great tidings of cricket journeying back to Pakistan.