Pakistan to host Test cricket after 10 years


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is all set to host Sri Lanka in Test cricket after a gap of almost 10 years, sources confirmed ARY News.

According to the sources, the PCB had successful talks with Sri Lanka Cricket and convinced them to play two Test matches of the World’s ICC Test Championship in Lahore and Karachi respectively. The schedule of the matches would be revealed later.

Pakistan will play Sri Lanka, Australia, and Bangladesh in the first leg of the ICC Test Championship which runs from 2019-2020. The green shirts will tour Australia to play two Tests while the Pakistani board is convincing Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play their matches in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that the top nine Test playing nations will play each other in three-year ICC Test Championship. Top two teams will play the final of the event in 2021.

On March 3, 2009, Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists near Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, when they were going to play on the third day of the second Test. The unfortunate attack took international cricket away from Pakistan for at least six years before the Zimbabwean team toured Lahore for a brief tour in 2015.

Later, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) played an important role in bringing back high-profile cricket in the country when the final of its second edition (2017) was held in Lahore between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. That final match paved the way for some more international cricketing event in the country of cricket lovers as World XI containing top-notch players from around the World toured the country to play three T20I matches.

Sri Lanka then did a one-day tour of Pakistan to play a T20I during Pakistan’s three-match T20I home series against the Irelanders. In 2018, the PSL once again became the reason for the resumption of cricket in Pakistan as three matches of the third edition of the league including the final took place in Lahore and Karachi respectively which was followed by a three-match T20I series against West Indies at newly renovated National Stadium.

Karachi hosted eight matches including the final of the PSL 4 at it’s refurbished stadium. The event was attended by the ICC’s security officials along with security experts of different cricket boards.

The PCB with an aim to bring more cricket to the country is in contact with different cricket boards. It merits mentioning here that the board had asked the Australian board twice to send their team to Pakistan but they refused due to security concerns.