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Revival of Test cricket in Pakistan gets another boost

Five-day matches have not taken place in the country since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009

Revival of Test cricket in Pakistan gets another boost PHOTO: AFP

The revival of Test cricket in Pakistan got another boost after dates were confirmed for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) security delegation’s visit of Pakistan.

According to details, the delegation will assess the security situation of the country before giving their recommendations to SLC. The Sri Lankan board officials will then decide whether to tour Pakistan or not.

Report further stated that the delegation is set to arrive in Pakistan for a three-day visit. They will begin their evaluation with a trip to Karachi on August 7, followed by Lahore on August 8 and finally Islamabad on August 9. The delegation will visit the grounds and hotels in the cities and will also be briefed by the local security officials.

Sri Lanka Cricket to send security delegation to Pakistan

While talking exclusively to Daily Express, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “The security delegation will visit three cities, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, of Pakistan from August 7-9. They will assess the security situation of the country and give their report to Sri Lankan cricket board.”

PCB is keen on hosting a two-Test match series on home soil, in October this year, as they are confident about the improved security situation in the country. Mani also echoed similar thoughts while expressing his views on the security delegation’s visit.

“I’m confident that the delegation will be satisfied with the security arrangements in Pakistan and hopefully we will soon see red ball cricket on home soil,” he said.   

Pakistan have not hosted a five-day match international match in Pakistan since the unfortunate attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March, 2009.