Sri Lanka board has agreed to play two Test matches in Pakistan. The red ball version of the game will return to Pakistan after a gap of 10 years. The first Test match will take place at Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi from December 11.
The second Test match between the two teams will take place from 19th December at National Stadium in Karachi. There were reports that both teams will play two Test matches but now it is confirmed by both the boards. The Test series was given a green chit by Sri Lanka after they were satiated with the security arrangements.
PCB Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, said: “This is a 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 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.
“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.”
Sri Lanka had recently played three-match ODI series as well as three-match T20I series in Pakistan. In fact, Sri Lanka was originally scheduled to play Test series in October but both the series were swapped.
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.
“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.”
Pakistan will play a two-match Test series against Australia from November 21.