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SRI LANKAN TEAM LIKELY TO PLAY TWO TESTS IN PAKISTAN

12 Apr, 2019

KARACHI (9 News) – Sri Lankan team will likely to play the two Tests in Pakistan, the reports said on Friday.

The sources said that there is a likelihood that Sri Lanka could soon agree to send their team to play the two Tests in Pakistan, though nothing is official yet. The Test matches will be played in Karachi and Lahore.

Reportedly, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in talks with Sri Lanka to host them on home soil for a two-match Test series this year, as part of the ICC’s inaugural edition of World Test championship.

Once the Sri Lankan Cricket Board gives its consent, then the PCB will announce the schedule of the two Tests.

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship will begin in July this year with the final in June 2021. The championship will feature nine of the 12 Test playing nations, not including Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Pakistan last hosted a Test match on home soil back in 2009. It was on March 3, 2009 when Sri Lanka’s team bus, taking the players to the Gaddafi Stadium for a Test against Pakistan, was hit by bullets and grenades in an attack by armed militants.

Eight police and bystanders were killed, with six others wounded in the incident. It was six years until an international team visited again, with Pakistan forced to play the majority of their home games in the United Arab Emirates — a situation that continues to this day.