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Pakistan cricket chief to invite Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan for first time since 2009 attack

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket chief Najam Sethi says he is sending an invitation to Sri Lanka Cricket to play in Pakistan, five years after the tourists' convoy came under a deadly attack by terrorists in Lahore.

Sethi, restored as chairman by the Supreme Court on Thursday, says he has taken the initiative after seeing reports that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain during a recent summit in China to send his cricket team to Pakistan.

Sethi hoped for a positive reply from SLC, saying, "We are ready to host them as our top priority is to host an international team."

No international team has toured Pakistan since 2009, when gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team convoy en route to a test in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Police officers and drivers were killed, and six players were injured.

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