Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan for Tests next month

back icon
safari
14 Nov 2019 | 09:19 AM
author
PTI

Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan for Tests next month

This will be the first time Tests will be played in Pakistan after more than a decade

heart

Share

Test cricket will return to Pakistan after more than a decade with Sri Lanka on Thursday agreeing to a two-match series in December, which will be a part of the traditional format’s ongoing World Championship. 

Sri Lanka played a bilateral ODI and T20 International series in Pakistan in September-October earlier this year despite 10 of its top players, including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga, opting out due to security concerns. 

The upcoming series’ first Test will be played in Rawalpindi from December 11-15, while the second Test will be held in Karachi from December 19-23. 

“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,” PCB Director (International Cricket) Zakir Khan said in a statement. 

Khan said the confirmation will contribute in the PCB’s efforts towards ensuring a regular resumption of international cricket in the country. Incidentally, Sri Lanka was also the last team to play Test cricket in Pakistan, back in 2009. 

The island nation’s team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore during that tour, leading to a freeze in international cricket in Pakistan. 

Sri Lanka were originally scheduled to play Tests in October and then return in December for a limited-overs’ series but the matches were swapped to “provide them the opportunity to assess the situation before deciding on the Test venues”. 

“Now that the itinerary has been confirmed, we will shift our focus on series preparations to ensure we deliver arrangements as per our very high standards,” Khan said. 

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said based on an earlier visit, the SLC is comfortable and convinced that conditions are suitable and conducive for Test cricket. 

“We also believe all cricket playing countries should host international cricket at home and in this relation we are happy to play our part in complete resumption of international cricket in Pakistan,” he said. 

Tour schedule: 

December 11-15 -- 1st Test, Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 

December 19-23 -- 2nd Test, National Stadium, Karachi

PCB invites South Africa, Ireland for limited overs series  

Meanwhile in a desperate move to bring top cricket teams to the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached South Africa for a limited overs series, next year.

The PCB has also got in touch with Ireland for a series. 

The PCB is also trying to convince Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to visit Pakistan in December and January to play the ICC World Test Championship matches. 

“The Board is confident that it will be hosting at least four foreign teams in a span of five to six months next year after it invited South Africa and Ireland to tour Pakistan for limited over series,” a PCB source said. 

Sri Lanka’s top players had opted out of the September-October series, which spanned 13-days. 

Pakistan is keen to have the Ireland and South African teams for Twenty20 matches. 

“South Africa is a top team while Ireland also carry substantial influence in the ICC so the PCB believes if these two teams come to Pakistan early next year it will pave the way open for even Australia, England and New Zealand to send their teams soon,” he said. 

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
PakistanSri LankaPakistan v Sri Lanka 2019Tests return to Pakistan after a decade

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
South Africa confirms first tour to Pakistan in 14 years
The last time the two teams met in Pakistan was in 2007 when South Africa beat the hosts 1-0 in a two-match Test series
userAFP
09 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
PCB is not paying extra money to Zimbabwe players for coming to Pakistan
Zimbabwe are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20s in Rawalpindi and Lahore between October 30 and November 10
userPTI
18 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
CSA to inspect Pak's security and COVID-19 situation next month
The last time South Africa played in Pakistan was in the 2007/08 season
userPTI
08 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
Zimbabwe cricket team given go-ahead to tour Pakistan
Zimbabwe and Pakistan will play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games in late October and November
userAP
23 Sep 2020
safari
NEWS
No more international cricket at neutral venues: Ehsan Mani
The PCB also are planning to invite Australia for a tour in 2022
userAgencies
10 Dec 2019
safari
NEWS
PCB invites CSA to send team to Pakistan for T20 series
Sri Lanka recently toured Pakistan for an ODI and a T20 series
userPTI
02 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
PCB hopes to host full-strength Sri Lanka for Test series
If the series goes ahead on schedule, it will be the first Test series in Pakistan in 10 years’ time
userPTI
31 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
Rawalpindi, Karachi to host Tests against Sri Lanka: PCB
PCB has sent an itinerary for the two Tests of the ICC World Test Championship to the Sri Lankan board
userPTI
28 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
Pakistan not to play home matches in UAE anymore: PCB CEO
UAE has remained Pakistan’s home venue for a long time
userPTI
25 Sep 2019
safari
NEWS
PCB worried over unavailability of senior Sri Lanka players for home series
Sri Lanka had played a T20I in Lahore in October 2017
userPTI
08 Sep 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved