Test cricket officially returns to Pakistan in December

Bipin Dani

Pakistan are all set to host a Test series in Pakistan after a decade, as Pakistan Cricket Board officially announced the schedule of two-match Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka National Team held practice sessions at RPICS ahead of their Pakistan tour.

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International Cricket in Pakistan has become a hard one for the last ten years following the bomb attack on Sri Lankan players in 2009 when they toured Pakistan. Since then all the countries avoided to play at Pakistan.

But now it’s all going well for Pakistan Cricket Board as International cricket is coming back slowly to Pakistan. Already this year Sri Lanka completed a successful limited overs tour to Pakistan even though their senior players denied to travel there.

Following the successful series, Sri Lanka agreed to play a two-match Test series in Pakistan and now Pakistan Cricket Board officially announced the schedule for the Test series. The first Test will be played from December 11-15 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi while the National Stadium in Karachi will host the second Test from December 19-23.

“This is fabulous news for Pakistan and its reputation of being as safe and secure as any other country in the world. We are thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket for agreeing to send their team for the longer version of the game, which will contribute significantly in the PCB’s efforts and drive for regular resumption of international cricket, and help in its endeavours of attracting new audiences and younger generation,” Zakir Khan, PCB director said.

“Now that the itinerary has been confirmed, we will shift our focus on series preparations to ensure we deliver arrangements as per our very high standards. This series is part of our cricket celebrations and we will leave no stone unturned in putting up a show which is a memorable one for the players, officials, fans and media,” he added.

Also it is learnt Sri Lankan Cricket Board already picked a 16-man squad for the tour. There was a meeting with the captain and the interim coach was preponderated by a day. According to the close sources, the discussion wasn’t lasted for 30 minutes.

The team list will be sent to Sports ministry for the final confirmation. Interestingly there is no vice captain named for the tour from the Lankan side. And also there are no chances for naming stand in players.

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