Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited legendary batsman Javed Miandad and former Sri Lanka skipper Bandula Warnapura as the chief guests for the special Test match in Rawalpindi on December 11. Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the opening match of the two-Test series to mark the historic return of Test cricket to Pakistan.
Miandad and Warnapura were the opposing captains in the very first Test match between the two sides that took place at Karachi’s National Stadium in 1982. That fateful encounter was won by the hosts by a comfortable margin of 204 runs.
“I am most grateful to the two distinguished cricketers for accepting our invitation to attend the historic occasion despite their busy schedules. This means a lot to Pakistan and its cricket followers across the globe,” PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said.
Miandad and Warnapura will have special presentations made to them amidst the lunch interval on the first day of the Test match. Miandad has etched his name in the cricket echelons among the very best batsmen to play the game while Warnapura is credited with instilling a fighting spirit in Sri Lanka’s cricket team whilst they were still new to the international stage.