Pakistan are set to end their 10-year drought of Test cricket at home with the Sri Lanka tour scheduled to take place in December. Earlier, Sri Lanka travelled to Lahore and Karachi for three T20Is and three ODIs but doubts persisted over the feasibility of hosting Test matches in the country.
However, Sri Lanka have now confirmed they will be touring Pakistan to play two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi as part of the World Test Championship. With the Championship points at stake, it is expected that Sri Lanka will be sending a full-strength squad this time around as opposed to the inexperienced limited-overs unit that visited Pakistan recently.
“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, which will contribute significantly in the PCB’s efforts and drive for regular resumption of international cricket,” Zakir Khan, PCB director of international cricket, stated.
Pakistan last hosted a Test on home soil in 2009, coincidentally against Sri Lanka, whose team bus was attacked by militants forcing the country to adopt UAE as their home venue in subsequent years.