The city of Rawalpindi will be marking a historic occasion on December 11 as Pakistan welcomes Test cricket on its shores for the first time since the horrific militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. Contrary to Sri Lanka’s limited-overs tour of Pakistan a couple of months ago, the travelers boast a full-strength squad ready to provide tough competition to the hosts.
Talking to the media ahead of their departure for Pakistan, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne admitted earlier doubts over security arrangements in the country had faded away in the face of a successful ODI and T20I tour of Pakistan in September-October.
Sri Lanka were defeated 2-0 in the ODI series but their inexperienced squad completed a thumping T20I series whitewash subsequently.
"We earlier had fears of security concerns regarding the tour to Pakistan but the ones who played ODIs and T20Is [in Pakistan] recently have given positive feedback to us. Now the fear is gone and we're completely focused on the two Tests. This will be the first time for many of us touring Pakistan and playing here," he said.