So it seems that international test cricket is set to make its way back in to the country deprived of cricket for almost a decade. Initially, Sri Lanka was scheduled to play Tests last month in the month of October and then return in December for white-ball cricket, however,following some concerns by those involved, the matches were swapped to provide them the opportunity to assess the situation before deciding on the Test venues. Get ready cricket fans, Test Cricket will officially return back to Pakistan
But without a further delay good news makes is way to Pakistan as the Test series schedule between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has finally been confirmed today after Cricket Sri Lanka gave their thumbs-up to fulfill their Future Tours Programme commitment following a highly successful visit for white-ball cricket. Moreover,the tour not only delivered security from the top draw, but packed houses sent out a loud and clear message about the security situation in the country as well as a passion for the game and well what side would stray away from playing in front of a packed crowd which is thankful for the foreign nation to visit there country.
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The PCB’s director in that regard, Zakir Khan said that “This is fabulous news for Pakistan cricket 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 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”.
He then said that: “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.”
SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva said:
“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”.
“We also believe all cricket playing countries should host international cricket at home and in this relation, we are happy to play our part in the complete resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, which not only has a proud history but has been one of our biggest supporters in our early days as a cricket nation,” he added.“We drew our opening World Test Championship series against New Zealand, and I anticipate, like in the past, these two Tests will be exciting and competitive, and the fans will thoroughly enjoy the quality of cricket that will be on display.”
The Tour Schedule is as follows:
- 11-15 December – 1st Test, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
- 19-23 December – 2nd Test, National Stadium, Karachi