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Pakistan’s wait for Test cricket at home soil to come to an end

Pakistan’s wait for Test cricket at home soil to come to an end

As a part of the ongoing World Test Championship, Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan in Pakistan, thus bringing to an end a decade-long wait to play Test at home. 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, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on November 14.

Coincidentally, the last time Pakistan played a Test at home was against Sri Lanka in March 2009, in Lahore, a game which is infamously remembered for the tragic terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan contingent in the bus. International cricket has been slowly regaining its footing in Pakistan since then, and the upcoming series will be a huge shot in the arm for PCB’s bid to restore international cricket played in the country to normalcy.

Amidst concerns over security, Sri Lanka recently sent its second team to Pakistan for limited-cricket series. Sri Lanka Cricket was apparently impressed by the security measures in place, which prompted them to give the nod for the Test series. International cricket has been slowly regaining its footing in Pakistan since then, and the upcoming series will be a huge shot in the arm for PCB’s bid to restore international cricket played in the country to normalcy.

Zakir Khan, PCB Director – International Cricket, was pleased with Sri Lanka’s decision to agree to tour Pakistan for the Test series and said high standards of security will be in place to ensure the smooth running of the series.

“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 a regular resumption of international cricket, and help in its endeavors of attracting new audiences and a younger generation,” Zakir Khan 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.

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