Pakistan's lengthy wait for Test cricket action at home will be finally over in December when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-Test series, which is part of the ongoing World Test Championship. 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 Thursday (November 14).
The last time Pakistan played a Test at home was in March 2009, against Sri Lanka, in Lahore. That game, however, was marred by the ghastly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team 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.
A second-string Sri Lanka side recently visited Pakistan for a limited-overs series, with the security measures in place during this tour impressing Sri Lanka Cricket and prompting them to give a green signal for the Test series. As per the original schedule, Sri Lanka were to play the Test matches in October and then come back to Pakistan in December for the limited-overs games but the swap for done to provide the visitors an opportunity to assess the situation.
"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.
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