Following the commencement of the ODI and T20I series in Pakistan, Cricket Sri Lanka expressed displeasure on being locked up during the tour. This went on to raise many doubts concerning the return of Islanders for the two-game Test series.
However, now the chances of Pakistan playing a host to a red-ball game in a decade has increased significantly as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received ‘positive signals’ from their Sri Lankan counterparts.
Sri Lanka last played a Test match in Pakistan in March 2009
While the mobility was a debatable issue, it is understood that the officials of Sri Lanka were completely satisfied with the security conditions of the country and hence are fine with their team playing the Test series in Pakistan.
Being a part of the ICC World Test Championship, the series holds immense value for both the teams. Karachi and Rawalpindi are the likely venues for the games as smog in Lahore during December could cause issues.
The governing body of cricket in Pakistan already took Sri Lanka in confidence regarding the choice of venues. However, we all await the official word from Sri Lanka.