UAE to host Sri Lanka’s first day-night Test

UAE to host Sri Lanka's first day-night Test
Azhar Ali scored a triple hundred when Pakistan played a D/N Test in UAE in 2016. © Getty

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday, have confirmed that they’re all set join the Day-Night Test bandwagon with one of their two Tests against Pakistan later this month set to be played under lights in the United Arab Emirates.

“The exact itinerary will be released shortly,” the official said adding that one of the Tests to be played in the UAE would be Sri Lanka’s first with the pink ball used in day-and-night Tests.

Apart from Tests, the teams will also be involved in five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, a board official told AFP.

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However, the final T20 match of the series will be played in Lahore, Pakistan subject to security clearance, the official confirmed.

Earlier, in the last month, the board approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill.

To be noted, Sri Lankan players were attacked in 2009 by a terrorist group in Lahore, leaving a few players and officials injured. Since then, there hasn’t been much international cricket in Pakistan with only Zimbabwe touring for a limited-overs series in 2015.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com