Sri Lanka to visit Pakistan for Test series in December; Karachi, Rawalpindi to host matches: Report
Pakistan are set to host Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series under the banner of ICC World Test Championships after successfully hosting the islanders in the recently concluded limited-overs series. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already sent over the proposed schedule to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials with Rawalpindi and Karachi as the venues for the Test series. Sri Lanka players and board members were content following the completion of the limited-overs series where the Lankans fielded a weakened side with some of their top players taking their names back citing security issues.
While Pakistan came victorious in the ODI series, the hosts were clean-swept by the islanders in the three-match T20I series which resulted the sacking of skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed across formats. Azhar Ali was named the Test captain whereas World’s No.1 T20I batsman – Babar Azam – was appointed as the skipper of Pakistan T20I side.
Now, as per a report, PCB have briefed SLC about the security arrangements for the Test series and is hopeful that the series will be given green light by the Sri Lankan board. However, the final decision will be taken after further discussions between board members. The Rawalpindi Test is likely to take place on December 11 while the Karachi Test will be played on December 19.
Earlier, SLC President Shammi Silva had said: “The safety and security of its players is the responsibility of the SLC, which it takes very seriously. If there had been any doubts, the SLC would not have gone ahead with this arrangement [limited-overs series] that we envisage will improve the players’ confidence and trust level and will also be critical when we start discussions on the schedule of the Test matches.”
It will be interesting to see whether the top Sri Lankan players turn up for the series if it goes ahead as per the proposed plan. Many of the Sri Lankan players were happy about the security arrangements during the recently concluded limited-overs series and thanked the fans for their support.