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Inzamam terms Sri Lanka team tour ‘defining moment’ in Pakistan cricket

Former Pakistan captain believes it’s going to have a positive impact on country’s cricket

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Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq has termed the ongoing visit of the Sri Lankan team a defining moment in Pakistan cricket.

Inzamam, who was Pakistan’s chief selector before the appointment of Misbahul Haq, said that after a long gap any team has played two back-to-back series of different formats, which is a clear indicator that resumption of international cricket in Pakistan is on the right path.

"It is a defining moment in Pakistan Cricket as the Lankan team has played one day and T20 international series after a gap of one decade and it is going to have a very positive impact on our national cricket,” said Inzamam.

The third and last match of T20I series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played on Wednesday.

"This Lankan teams tour is of greater significant as the visiting team which met a terrorists attack here in 2009 is again touring Pakistan and it will send a positive message to the other cricket playing countries that things have become conducive as far security is concerned for staging international cricket in Pakistan,” said the former stylish middle-order batsman.

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Inzamam also described the series as a trust building measure for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.

"It is not a ordinary cricket series between the two countries it is a high profile cricket event taking place in Pakistan which will help in restoring the trust of other cricket playing nations of the world to Pakistan,” said the former batsman who represented the country in all the three formats of the game.

"The successful tour of the Lankan side will not only pave the way for the return of international cricket to Pakistan and will also add to the confidence and morale of our majority of our players who have played first time in their own backyard,” he said.

The former test cricketer and one of country's leading run getter, acknowledged the hard work and continuous efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.

"PCB stood firm on its stance of having cricket in Pakistan and it pleaded country's case at all the international forums in a very professional and positive manner and finally got the support of their old and trusted friend, the Lankan board, for making this tour possible,” he said.