Hafeez back for T20Is against Sri Lanka

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Babar Azam scored a succesive hundred while Shadab Khan recorded his career best bowling and batting performance to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second one-day worldwide in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Earlier, Sri Lanka's players had indicated strong reluctance to visit Pakistan for the third and final T20I.

The board announced Monday that it would go ahead with the tour and "confirmed its commitment to play the third T20" in Lahore after assessments by government agencies, independent security experts and the International Cricket Council.

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The third T20 global is the final match of the current tour of Pakistan in UAE and the SLC administration had wanted to play at Lahore's Gaddaffi Stadium.

Since 2009, the only worldwide team to visit Pakistan is Zimbabwe, who played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015. "The ICC also will meet the players on Saturday to brief them about the situation in Lahore", CricBuzz quoted a source from the SLC as saying.

Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan and 11th batsmen in ODI history to carry his bat through an innings with a fighting 144-ball 112 not out with 14 boundaries - registering his 15th ODI century.

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Sri Lanka's batting coach Hashan Tillakaratne said it was the board's duty to help Pakistan, who had aided the country during the 1996 World Cup.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been included in the 16-man squad to face Sri Lanka in a T20I series pending medical clearance.

The Oct. 29 match will be the first played in Pakistan by Sri Lanka-or any other top global team-since militants ambushed its team bus en route to the Lahore stadium in 2009, wounding at least seven players.

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A successful series against a World XI team featuring top foreign players in Lahore last month further boosted calls for cricket to return to the militancy-racked nation.

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