Test cricket will return to Pakistan after ten years when they host Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series as a part of the ICC World Test Championship in December. Rawalpindi and Karachi will be the venues for the two historic games.

Meanwhile, a second-string Sri Lankan side recently toured Pakistan to play three ODIs followed by three T20I games. And now they will return to the land of Imran Khans and Wasim Akram’s to play a Test series. Pakistan has not hosted any Test match since the attack on Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. They play their home game in the United Arab Emirates.

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Sri Lanka were originally scheduled to play the Test series in October and then come back in December to play the white-ball series. But they swapped it to assess the conditions before playing a full-fledged Test series. Pindi Cricket Stadium will host the first Test from 11-15 December, while the second Test will take place at the National Stadium from 19-23 December.

Speaking about the developments, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Zakir Khan thanked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for accepting the offer. He also ensured high security for the visiting team and feels this series will help Pakistan return to the international cricket map.

β€œThis is a fabulous news for Pakistan cricket and its reputation of being as safe and secure as any other country in the world. We are thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket for agreeing to send their team for the longer version of the game, which will contribute significantly in the PCB’s efforts and drive for regular resumption of international cricket, and help in its endeavours of attracting new audiences and younger generation,” Zakir said on PCB website

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β€œNow that the itinerary has been confirmed, we will shift our focus on series preparations to ensure we deliver arrangements as per our very high standards,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan are currently gearing up for the two-match Test series against Australia. After humiliating defeats in the T20Is, the Men in Greens will hope to bounce back in red-ball cricket.Β  They had a great tour game against Australia A and will play another warm-up match before the series begins from November 21.