Board CEO Ashley de Silva also said that players – even the seniors who had pulled out of the recent limited-overs tour – have ‘consented’ to touring, following internal discussions. The feedback from the senior players themselves is that while one or two have not fully committed to the tour yet, they are all open to being convinced.
The tour does have one, potentially two, significant hurdles to overcome before the SLC confirms it. First, it must be approved by the board’s executive committee, which is likely to make its decision ‘in about a week’ according to de Silva. Then, SLC may send another security delegation to sign off on the arrangements. Although the board had commissioned reports on security plans for matches in Karachi and Lahore, ahead of the recent limited-overs series, they had not sent a delegation to Rawalpindi, where the second Test is scheduled to be played. Rawalpindi is the Pakistan military’s headquarters.