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Pakistan to host Sri Lanka for limited-overs tour

Pakistan to host Sri Lanka for limited-overs tour

Karachi and Lahore to host ODI and T20I series respectively in promising sign for Pakistan, but Tests to be held elsewhere

Pakistan will host Sri Lanka for six limited over internationals starting next month, the two cricket boards announced Friday, in another step towards reviving international cricket in the security-troubled country after years of isolation.

In a joint statement, the cricket boards said the one-day interantional series will begin on September 27 in Karachi where they will play the other two ODI matches on September 29 and October 2.

The Sri Lankans will then move to Lahore for three T20 matches starting on October 5 and the final match will be on October 9, with the second match scheduled for October 7.

This will be Sri Lanka’s second tour of Pakistan since their team bus was attacked by militants during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009.

Eight years later, the Sri Lankans returned to Pakistan for a Twenty20 international in Lahore in October 2017.

The two boards said the teams were due to play two Test matches in October and follow it up with the six shorter form matches in December, but decided to swap them.

The dates and the venue for the two Tests were not announced, but Sri Lanka’s Sports minister Harin Fernando told reporters in Colombo Thursday that the Tests will not be in Pakistan.

Citing safety fears, Fernando said two Tests could instead be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan has held many of its home series.

Since the 2009 attacks, a majority of international teams including Australia have refused to tour Pakistan over security fears, forcing Pakistan to play their home matches at neutral venues.

But since hosting Zimbabwe for a limited over series in 2015, Pakistan have been gradually normalising cricket activities and have also hosted matches for its Pakistan Super League T20 tournament for the past three years.

They have also hosted a World XI and the West Indies for limited over matches in 2017 and 2018.

Pakistan’s two Tests against Sri Lanka will be their final tune-up for their tour of Australia this summer, with matches to be played at the Gabba and then under lights in Adelaide.

Australia haven’t toured Pakistan since 1998.

Series schedule:

27 Sep – 1st ODI, Karachi

29 Sep – 2nd ODI, Karachi

2 Oct – 3rd ODI, Karachi

5 Oct – 1st T20I, Lahore

7 Oct – 2nd T20I, Lahore

9 Oct – 3rd T20I, Lahore

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“THIS TEXT, TO YOU” – By Des Kelly

       The sender of this text, Harry, considers it to be beautiful and true. So do I, as we send it, to you. As I have always said (& written), life, in the context of time, is but the blink of an eye, we are born, we live & we die, a self-written quote, to live by.
       This text is therefore for everyone to read. If this is not possible, get someone to read and explain to to you. 
Desmond Kelly
Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.

I think this text is very beautiful, very true …. !

 Hardly the day started and … it is already six o’clock in the evening.

Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already Friday.

… and the month is already over.

… and the year is almost up.

… and already 50, 60 or 70 years of our lives have passed.

… and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.

and we realize that it is too late to go back …

So … Let’s try, however, to take full advantage of the time we have left …

Let’s not stop looking for activities that we like …

Let’s put color in our greyness …

Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.

And yet, we must continue to enjoy serenely the time that remains. Let’s try to eliminate the “after” …

I do it after …

I will say after …

I will think about it after …

We leave everything for later as if “after” was ours.

Because what we do not understand is that:

after, the coffee cools …

after, priorities change …

after, the charm is broken …

after, health passes …

after, the children grow up …

after, the parents get older …

after, the promises are forgotten …

after, the day becomes the night …

after, life ends ….

And after that it’s often too late ….

So … leave nothing for later …

Because always waiting for later, we can lose the best moments,

the best experiences,

the best friends,

the best family …

The day is today … The moment is now …

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone until tomorrow what needs to be done right away.

So let’s see if you’ll have time to read this message and then share it.

Or maybe you’ll leave it for … “later” …

And you will not share it “ever” ….

Even to share with those who are not yet “seniors”

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  I have heard it all before, as a matter of fact, I have had to make excuses from time to time, myself, still, this particular “story” is a repetition anyway, that I see fit for readers of eLanka who sometimes prefer brief, yet interesting “true stories”, as this one undoubtedly is. 

Desmond Kelly

 Desmond Kelly.
 (Editor -in-Chief)   eLanka.   

Telling the truth.

The wife came  home early and found her husband in their bedroom making love to a very  attractive young woman.
And she was somewhat upset. ‘You are a disrespectful pig!’ she cried. ‘How  dare you do this to me — a faithful wife, the mother of your children! I’m  leaving you. I want a divorce right  away!’
And the husband  replied, ‘Hang on just a minute love so at least I can tell you what happened.’  ‘Fine, go ahead,’ she sobbed,’ but they’ll be the last words you’ll say to  me!’
And the husband  began — ‘Well, I was getting into the car to drive home, and this young lady  here asked me for a lift. She looked so down and out and defenceless that I took  pity on her and let her into the  car.
I noticed that she  was very thin, not well dressed and very dirty. She told me that she hadn’t  eaten for three days.
So, in my compassion, I brought her home and warmed up the enchiladas I made  for you last night, the ones you wouldn’t eat because you’re afraid you’ll put  on weight. The poor thing devoured them in  moments.
Since she  needed a good clean-up, I suggested a shower, and while she was doing that, I  noticed her clothes were dirty and full of holes, so I threw them  away.
Then, as she  needed clothes, I gave her the designer jeans that you have had for a few years,  but don’t wear because you say they are too  tight.
I also gave her  the underwear that was your anniversary present, which you don’t wear because I  don’t have good taste.
I  found the sexy blouse my sister gave you for Christmas that you don’t wear just  to annoy her, and I also donated those boots you bought at the expensive  boutique and don’t wear because someone at work has a pair the  same.’
The husband took  a quick breath and continued – ‘She was so grateful for my understanding and  help that as I walked her to the door, she turned to me with tears in her eyes  and said, ‘Please … Do you have anything else that your wife doesn’t  use?

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In just about a fortnight, 22 years ago, (31/8/1997), the “Peoples’ Princess”, Diana, (nee’ Spencer), died in a car-crash, just 36 years old, together with her lover Dodi Fayed, & his inebriated driver, Henri Paul, the only survivor being Diana’s bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, who was badly injured, in the accident that shocked the entire World.

      Princess Diana, who was divorced (by order of her Mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth ll), from Prince Charles, the Prince if Wales, after a 4 year separation, was already the Mother of Princes’ William & Harry, William, the Successor of Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne, as the future King of England.

      My article in the above is not to publish English history, but to give our readers of eLanka a minute picture of what most of us already know. It is a sad story, indeed. One of the

most beautiful Women on Earth, at the time, a worthwhile future Queen of Britain & the Commonwealth, a loving Mother to her two sons, a true “favourite-choice” of most Women around, of that era, because of her charitable nature, and, her ability to “mix” with “ordinary folk”, made Diana one of the most popular people, EVER, before her untimely death. Rest in peace, Diana, the Peoples’ Princess, and may God bless you now & forever.

Desmond Kelly


  Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief).  eLanka.

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“OLD-TIMERS, LIKE US” – By Des Kelly

 This one is especially for old-timers, like us. Once again, I am not quite sure if Claire wrote this very interesting piece of very valuable information herself, then forwarded it on to Dallas who, in turn, sent it to me, but it really does not matter. I enjoyed reading it and decided to pass it on to our many elderly members of eLanka, so that they could read & get some satisfaction from these very true bits of advice, then, pass it on to others, who I believe, would be very pleased to read the happy news that all is not lost.

Desmond Kelly

 Desmond Kelly.
 (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.
Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.
HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took

The melody out of music,

The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The togetherness out of the family,

The learning out of education,

The service out of patriotism,

The Golden Rule from rulers,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,

The ambition out of achievement or

God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerancefrom personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

Just see the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!


I’m the life of the party….. Even if it lasts just until 8 p.m.

I’m very good at opening childproof caps….. With a wrench.

I’m awake many hours before my body tells me it’s OK to get up.

I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.

I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.

Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN and I am having the time of my life!

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” THE WINTER OF LIFE” – By Des Kelly

Unfortunately, the writer of the “Piece” below is unknown, but I did find that, especially for those who ARE in the “Winter if Life”, what has been written is quite true, and “to the point”, so to speak. There are many of us, myself included, who are in this position today (in the departure lounge), as I frequently put it, some of us, lucky in life, others, not so. However, it is a very well known fact that life is what you make it. Everything depends on YOU. 
I really do not care whether you are religious or atheist.
God, (and there IS only one God), gave each one of us a brain, when we were born, and, how you USE that brain is imperative on how you end up. 
     Personally, as a young man, nearly everything I did was WRONG. Without going into details, (THEY will be in an Autobiography I am writing (whenever I get the time to do so), BUT, the fact of the matter is that I knew where to “draw the line”, as I grew older & wiser. Anyway, this is another story for my eLanka readers. Now, back to “The Winter of Life, by this good, yet unknown writer.
Desmond Kelly
Desmond Kelly.


You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life.  Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.  But, here it is… The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.  But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey – or gone…they move slower and I see an older person now.  Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change….Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory!  ‘Cause if I don’t on my own free will…I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never  did!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know – that when it’s over on this earth…it’s NOT over.  A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things – I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done.  It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!

Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!  You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

“Life” is a gift to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  Make it a fantastic one.



REMEMBER:…. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.


~Your kids are becoming you…….
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.  It’s called “pre-sleep”.
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch.
~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”…. “what?” . ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.
~But Old is good in some things:  Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”

Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!

It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

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Heaven sent, for Social Media?, well, it certainly seems like it. With all the “hoo haa” that has been going on for months now, regarding Cardinal Pell, the most recent “trial” by three County Judges tells us that two of them are convinced of the “penetrating-phobia” of Pell, yet, one of their Colleagues seems sure that Pell has not penetrated anything per se’.

Everyone seemed sure that the decision of these three learned Judges would be unanimous, but NO. 
     This is a serious crime, we are talking about here. 
A sexual penetration of a Choir-boy by the most Senior Cleric in the Country, and one who was in line to be the next Pope of the Catholic Church, in Vatican City.
The Cardinal has insisted that he was not guilty of the crime
and ” Innocent until PROVEN guilty” is the Law in this Land.
As far as I am concerned, this CASE has now been conducted more than once, getting to the final one involving the three Judges, where both a male & female Judge were convinced of the guilt of Pell, yet one male Judge was not convinced of the fact, giving Pell’s Lawyers yet another opportunity to now appeal to the High Court of Australia.
     Naturally, Pope Francis is now also involved in this case, and, in his wisdom, has still not taken away the Cardinal’s title or removed him from the Priesthood. He is quite correct in his decision. This HAS TO BE an UNANIMOUS decision by the Judges of the High Court of Australia, now, and so the CASE goes on. My own opinion on this very sensitive subject is very simple indeed. If it DID happen that Cardinal Pell had subjected this choir-boy to the sexual harassment, as quoted, Pell will deserve the punishment meted out to him, plus be immediately defrocked by the Pope, & lose every award handed him by the Government of Australia. He would then end up a convicted paedophile. 
If he is found not guilty by an UNANIMOUS DECISION, then, 
Every award, title, etc., etc., MUST be returned to him with due PUBLIC APOLOGIES by especially the Social Media who have already proclaimed him guilty. 
     Innocent, until proven guilty, without a shadow of doubt, is the only FAIR legal system, & what it’s all about. This is the way I see it, and I feel sure that my readers will agree with me. 
      What’s the verdict for Pell ?, Let the High Court Tell !!!.
Desmond Kelly
 Desmond Kelly.
 (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.
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