Soon the cricket team of Sri Lanka may return to play a minimum of one Test match against Pakistan!
This will be the first time after more than 10 years since their team bus was attacked by militants in Lahore during 2009.
Initially, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were scheduled to play the match at an impartial venue.
However, a security delegation was sent by the SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) to visit Pakistan. This happened after the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) made an offer to Sri Lanka to come and play a match in Pakistan.
This match between Sri Lanka & Pakistan match represents the World Test Championship’s first match!
As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the SLC received significant positive feedback from the security delegation, when it returned from Karachi and Lahore.
Ashley de Silva, the SLC’s CEO, told ESPNcricinfo the security team gave them very positive information.
De Silva said more discussions will be held with the PCB for alternatives before a decision will be made, whilst consultations with the government will take place too.
The last Test match which Pakistan has hosted was during 2009. International cricket within Pakistan was considerably suspended after the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.
In March 2019 armed militants attacked the bus by using grenades and bullets whilst driving the cricketers for a match at the Gaddafi Stadium.
However, since the incident Pakistan has made great progress.
During October 2017, a one time T20I game was played in Lahore by a Sri Lanka cricket team. However, this team did not include many prominent players.
As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the SLC’s main concern is to obtain the consent of individual players to tour Pakistan.
Sri Lanka will be playing a minimum of one Test Match within Pakistan during October, if all goes according to plan.