After a long wait of 10 years, Test cricket is finally back to Pakistan. Sri Lanka is all set to experience Pakistan’s hospitality for the two-Test match series starting next month.
The series was initially slated to be played in October at a neutral venue due to security issues in Pakistan. But, PCB requested Sri Lanka to play the entire bilateral series in Pakistan itself.
After which, Sri Lanka agreed on playing limited over series first in October, followed by a Test series in December, taking cognizance of security measures adopted by Pakistan.
“We are pleased to confirm our return visit to Pakistan as based on our earlier visit, we are comfortable, and convinced conditions are suitable and conducive for Test cricket,” SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva said in a statement.
With the massive success of the T20I series, incredibly joyous Sri Lanka’s coach, Rumesh Ratnayake, said that Pakistan’s platter is full of many more international series. In response, the director of international cricket PCB thanked Sri Lanka by saying, “This is fabulous news for Pakistan and its reputation of being as safe and secure as any other the 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 to the PCB’s efforts and drive for the regular resumption of international cricket, and help in its endeavors of attracting new audiences and the younger generation.”
The first game of the two-match test series will be played at Rawalpindi on December 11, followed by second at Karachi on December 19.