KARACHI - Sri Lankan skipper Mehela Jayawardene said here Sunday after his arrival that the current visit was a kind of returning friendly favour to Pakistan which had toured the island nation when some teams had refused to travel there for security reasons some years ago. It was an obligation for the Lankan to come to Pakistan when invited and even players who discussed the tour were of the opinion that it was time for Sri Lanka to return a gesture that Pakistan had shown almost under similar circumstances. As far as security of the team was concerned it was the responsibility of the host, he said and added when his team was here to play Asia Cup, which it won it, faced no security concerns. He hoped that the coming ODI series would be played in good friendly atmosphere providing good cricket to fans. As far as his team's chances were concerned, he said his team was here to win playing tough and hard cricket. The team would be taking the series match by match adjusting to the conditions. Playing back-to-back ODI at Karachi on January 20 and 21 would not be taxing because the Lankan believed in taking on the challenges. Tougher was the challenge harder would be response. Some of the confidence reflected in Sri Lanka captain's press talk about his team's chances is the result of the performance that his team gave in the recently held triangular series which his team won defeating host Bangladesh after being almost in a hopeless position in the final. He said his team had always believed in playing hard and tough and it was looking hopefully to play tough against a strong Pakistan. He said it would not be correct to say that as Pakistan recently had not played internationals regularly, it might not be in good kick. It did not matter whether Pakistan had played regularly or not, it was a strong team with good quality players and he was looking forward to good competition in the ODI series. He brushed aside the suggestion that his team would be under pressure in the coming series just because it had lost to Bangladesh in the league round of the triangular and again when it almost flopped in the final. He said some times team play bad and some times good but still his team won the final in Dhaka recently. That showed the character of his team how it performed under adversity, he added. When told that Pakistan had laid down a strategy to tackle his spinner Ajantha Mendis and Muralidharan and asked what strategy he had chalked out for the series, he in lighter vein said it was not a war but just a sports competition. His team had always believed in playing hard and tough and it would be doing the same in the series with the objective to win. About his own performance, he said he had to work hard to improve. He said he had to concentrate and apply to improve his batting which until recently was in dumps. Asked about some known names missing from his team, he said the selectors had decided to drop players because of their lack of form and include youngsters which had shown good results. Some of the young pacers who were in the team had done quite well. Inducting youngsters in the team would give Sri Lanka a look at the fresh talent in preparation for the next World Cup. Responding to queries about mysterious Anajtha Mendis, he said the young man knew his role in the team and as he did not know English, he was not bothered to reads columns or give interviews that made him free from any pressure. He was relaxing in his room watching movies and was not under any pressure. The Sri Lankan team which arrived here late in the morning was given warm reception at the airport and was driven to the hotel under tight security. The security at the hotel was also tight for the team which will have the first feel of the local condition on Monday afternoon when they hold the nets. As the two ODI here on Janaury 20 and 21 would be played under lights, the visitors would also hold training sessions under lights at the national stadium. Sri Lanka ODI squad that arrived here is: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Jehan Mubarak, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilina Kandamby, Muthiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Farveez Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Angelo Mathews.