Test cricket returns to Pakistan after decade of isolation


By Muhammad Luqman

Sri Lankan cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Monday for their  two-match Test series, marking the return of test cricket to the South Asian country after more than 10 years.

Pakistan will play its first international Test match on home soil in more than a decade  when it takes on Sri Lanka on Wednesday in Rawalpindi.

The first match in Rawalpindi will be played from December 11-15, while the port  city of Karachi will host the second match from December 19-23.

Pakistan has not hosted the longer format of the sport – played over five days – since March 3, 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket  team bus in the eastern city of Lahore .

Sri Lanka had agreed to play the Test series after the successful staging of one-day and Twenty20 internationals in September and October this year.

This tour is being considered most important for the cricket loving nation as  it would surely highlight Pakistan’s  reputation of being as safe and secure as any other country in the world.

The international cricket returned to Pakistan in 2015 when Zimbabwe toured the country for one-day and Twenty20 matches.

Pakistan has hosted a number of limited-overs internationals in recent years, with Sri Lanka playing three ODIs and three T20 matches in September and October, though 10 key players opted out of that trip citing security concerns.


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