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Test cricket returns to Pakistan: Rawalpindi, Karachi to host Tests against Sri Lanka

Pakistan will host a Test series for the first time in 10 years as Sri Lanka will tour the country for a two-match series.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: November 14, 2019 12:58 IST
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Pakistan will host a Test series for the first time in 10 years as Sri Lanka will tour the country for a two-match series.

Test cricket will return to Pakistan after 10 years as the country will host a two-match series against Sri Lanka. Rawalpindi and Karachi will host the two matches.

"After more than 10 years, Test cricket will return to Pakistan in December when Sri Lanka will play their World Test Championship matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi," Pakistan Cricket's official Twitter account posted.

Sri Lanka played a bilateral ODI and T20 International series in Pakistan in September-October earlier this year despite 10 of its top players, including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga, opting out due to security concerns.

The upcoming series' first Test will be played in Rawalpindi from December 11-15, while the second Test will be held in Karachi from December 19-23.

"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," said PCB Director (International Cricket) Zakir Khan.

Khan said the confirmation will contribute in the PCB's efforts towards ensuring a regular resumption of international cricket in the country. Incidentally, Sri Lanka was also the last team to play Test cricket in Pakistan, back in 2009.

The island nation's team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore during that tour, leading to a freeze in international cricket in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka were originally scheduled to play Tests in October and then return in December for a limited-overs' series but the matches were swapped to "provide them the opportunity to assess the situation before deciding on the Test venues".

"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," Khan said.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said based on an earlier visit, the SLC is comfortable and convinced that 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 complete resumption of international cricket in Pakistan," he said.

Tour schedule:

December 11-15 -- 1st Test, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

December 19-23 -- 2nd Test, National Stadium, Karachi. 

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