Pakistan could host Test cricket later this year as Sri Lankan delegation has given a ‘very positive feedback’ on the security situation in the country. Visiting two major cities of Pakistan – Karachi and Lahore – Sri Lankan authorities hinted to play at least one match of the upcoming two-game Test series in Pakistan.
It is important to note that it was indeed the Sri Lankan team which witnessed the horrific Lahore incident where their team bus was attacked in March 2009. Addressing the issue, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashley de Silva said that they will talk to their government as well as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) before arriving at a decision.
If Sri Lanka agrees to resume Test cricket in Pakistan, then it would be a massive boost to a country which is striving hard to normalize things as far as their home cricket is concerned. Pakistan’s brilliant gesture of sending their Under-19 team to Sri Lanka following the April 21 bombings could also inspire Sri Lanka to return the favor. Moreover, these matches will kick off Pakistan’s journey in the ICC World Test Championship.