Sri Lankan Test team arrived in Pakistan
Sri Lankan Test team led by Dimuth Karunaratne have arrived in Pakistan to play two-match Test series there which will be the first Test series in Pakistan after a decade.
International cricket in Pakistan became a hard thing for the past ten years following the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players when they toured Pakistan in 2009. Since then all the teams refused to play in Pakistan.
Now after a decade, International cricket is slowly returning to the country and Sri Lanka have an important part in the big process. Already Sri Lanka toured Pakistan for three T20Is and as many ODIs, couple of months ago. The series turned out to be a big success for Pakistan Cricket Board in the process of bringing normal cricket in Pakistan.
Now the same Sri Lankan Cricket Board agreed to play two-match Test series in Pakistan and the Sri Lankan team led by Dimuth Karunaratne has arrived in Islamabad for the Test series. The first Test will start on Wednesday while the second one will be played in Karachi from 19th December to 23rd December.
“It’s a huge day for all the Pakistanis and we have been waiting for this day for quite some time,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani said. “It will send a strong message to the whole cricketing world that Pakistan has the ability to host all its home matches in Pakistan.”
“We have suffered a lot for the last 10 years and I really want to thank all the (security) forces, especially the Pakistan Army, for making this dream come true,”Mani, the PCB chairman said.
“I also want to thank the Sri Lanka Cricket for showing confidence in Pakistan’s abilities to host international matches and I think the doors of international cricket will be completely opened for Pakistan.”