Sri Lanka cricket team to return to Pakistan for three short-form matches

Updated 22 August 2019

Sri Lanka cricket team to return to Pakistan for three short-form matches

  • No dates were announced, but the minister said the games would be scheduled for later this year
  • In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20 match in Lahore for the first time since a 2009 terror attack

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will return to Pakistan after a nearly two-year absence for three short-form cricket games later this year, the sports minister said Thursday.
“We are not in a position to send the team to Pakistan to play the two Tests, but we will be in Pakistan for about eight days to play the ODIs or the T20 matches,” Harin Fernando told reporters in Colombo.
No dates were announced, but the minister said the games would be scheduled for later this year.
Citing safety fears, Fernando said two Tests could instead be played in the UAE, where Pakistan has held many of its home series.
International teams have stayed away from Pakistan over security concerns.
In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20 match in Lahore for the first time since a terror attack near the same venue in March 2009.
That attack left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and staff injured.


Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games

Updated 17 September 2019

Neymar’s Champions League ban cut to 2 games

  • Neymar was suspended for abusive language to a referee or assistant
  • The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on October 22

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Neymar’s ban from the Champions League for insulting match officials has been cut to two games.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the three-match suspension to the minimum of two games for abusive language to a referee or assistant.
The ruling clears Neymar to play for Paris Saint-Germain at Club Brugge on Oct. 22.
Neymar remains banned for PSG’s match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, and from playing at Galatasaray in two weeks.
UEFA found the Brazil striker guilty of abuse on social media after PSG was eliminated by Manchester United in the last 16 in March. Neymar, who was injured and did not play, published profane comments about video review officials after United got a decisive stoppage-time penalty.