The fixture against Sri Lanka marks the first time a Test match is being played in Pakistan in the last ten years
Pakistan’s first Test against Sri Lanka at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, which will start on Wednesday, is expected to be affected by rain.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the city is expected to receive rainfall from Thursday to Saturday. These days coincide with the second, third and fourth day of the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The fixture against Sri Lanka marks the first time a Test match is being played in Pakistan in the last ten years, after the 2009 terrorist attack on the touring Islanders in Lahore.
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Originally, Sri Lanka were scheduled to play Tests in October and then return in December for white-ball cricket, but the matches were swapped to provide them the opportunity to assess the security situation before deciding on the Test venues.
Earlier in October, ten Sri Lanka cricketers had decided against touring Pakistan for the limited-overs leg citing security concerns.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) were forced to send a second string squad for the tour, which lost the One-day International (ODI) series two-nil to Pakistan but clean sweeped the hosts by three-nil in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series.
Although, the Islanders have named a full strength squad for the Test series.