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Sri Lanka agree to Pakistan cricket tour

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  • Sri Lanka have agreed to a three-Test tour of Pakistan starting early next year
  • The Sri Lankans will take the place of India, who cancelled their proposed tour
  • India opted to pull out of their tour following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai
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(CNN) -- Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan next month, the Pakistan Cricket Board have confirmed.

The PCB had invited Sri Lanka after India refused to travel to Pakistan for a scheduled tour, a fall-out of the terror attacks in Mumbai last month.

India were to play three Tests, five one-day matches and a Twenty20 international in a tour starting with the first Test in Karachi on January 13.

But Sri Lanka, who are currently in Bangladesh for two Tests and a triangular one-day series also involving Zimbabwe, will play three Tests, three one-dayers and a Twenty20 game in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka can only arrive in Pakistan after January 16 when the triangular series would end in Bangladesh.

"Sri Lanka have agreed to tour Pakistan," PCB chief operating officer Saleem Altaf confirmed. "We are working on the dates and other details.

"Sri Lanka will travel to Pakistan straight from Bangladesh where their tour ends in the third week of January," he added.

According to the proposed itinerary, Sri Lanka are due to arrive in Karachi on January 19 and play the Twenty20 game and the first one-dayer there.

They would then travel to Lahore where they would play two back-to-back one-dayers and the first Test. The second Test would be held in Multan and Sri Lanka would return to Karachi for the final Test before returning home.

The PCB will also hold a meeting to review the participation of Pakistani players in the two Twenty20 competitions in India.

Several Pakistani players including Younis Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi play in the Indian Premier League while others such as former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf have links with the unauthorised Indian Cricket League.

Many former cricketers including Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan and Rashid Latif have urged the PCB to cut cricketing ties with India.

"This (players' participation in Indian leagues) is something we need to look at because of the existing relations between the two countries," Altaf said. "We will make a few policy decisions on this soon."

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