The nation has waited impatiently for 10 years now for the cricket to return home in its proper colors. Pakistan has not played a single Test match at home since 2009. The dark incident of shooting on Sri Lankan team took the cricket away from the passionate cricket fans. 10 years after that tragedy, the hopes of people have revived again as Sri Lanka is expected to play a Test series with Pakistan at home in October.
On the verge of this biggest occasion, let us look into 3 big things about this series.
National players getting a chance to play at home
Representing your country on the native soil is a moment of pride for every player, and this is the feeling which every International player deserves. In Pakistan’s current Test squad, no one has played a Test match at home. This will be a big moment for the national heroes to play in front of the fans who would be cheering for them.
Test cricket getting the attention it deserves
Pakistan cricket team has lost a lot of fan following in the stadiums especially in Test matches as most of their Test series are scheduled in U.A.E which is not a hub of overly enthusiastic fans. Test cricket coming back to Pakistan, will drew a lot more fans than expected. It will add a bit of more flare to the format and provide it with the interest and attention it deserves.
A head-start to the Test championship
It will be a great opportunity for Pakistan to start their Test Championship campaign at home. This will inculcate a new zeal into the team preparing it for the biggest occasion. Pakistan’s Test team is relatively new, and with expected change in captaincy; the new leadership will add impetus to the side.