Sri Lanka Women in talks to tour Pakistan for three ODIs as preparation for ODI World Cup qualifiers

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The series, if it goes through, will mark the tourists’ first bit of international cricket in over a year

Sri Lanka are in talks to tour Pakistan for a series of three ODIs which will be vital preparation for both teams ahead of the Women’s ODI World Cup global qualifier that starts on November 21 in Zimbabwe. If the tour goes ahead the matches will be Sri Lanka’s first in 18 months, since the T20 World Cup in February-March last year.

Talks for the bilateral series have happened as an eleventh-hour arrangement after the ECB pulled their men and women’s teams from a tour of Pakistan in mid-October citing concerns over the players’ “mental and physical well-being” as well as security.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Harshitha Madavi will likely lead Sri Lanka given Chamari Athapaththu, the regular captain, is in Adelaide, undergoing quarantine as she gears up to play for Perth Scorchers at the upcoming edition of WBBL. If the tour is confirmed – and the PCB said it is still a “work in progress” – Sri Lanka will fly out to Pakistan on October 15, following a seven-day self-isolation period. A practice game ahead of the three ODIs is on the schedule.

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