Sri Lanka willing to be first team to tour Pakistan after 2009 terror attacks

Updated: 05 September 2013 10:53 IST

Sri Lanka stopped sending their cricket team to Pakistan after the 2009 terror attack on their squad in Lahore that injured six of their players and left six Pakistani policemen and two civilians dead.

Colombo:

Sri Lanka have decided to resume playing cricket in Pakistan after a gap of four years.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated this here on Tuesday to Pakistani minister Ahsan Iqbal, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

Rajapaksa said a Sri Lankan team will soon play in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka stopped sending their cricket team to Pakistan after the March 2009 terror attack on their squad in Lahore that injured six of their players and left six Pakistani policemen and two civilians dead.

The minister highlighted the significance of sporting ties in bringing the people of South Asia together.

Rajapaksa also said that relations with Pakistan "have stood the test of time", APP reported.

The Pakistani minister said both countries should take bilateral trade from the present USD 400 million to over USD 1 billion.

Topics : Cricket New Zealand Sri Lanka Pakistan Australia
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