Pakistan is all set to host Sri Lanka for a two-test match series in October this year, however before that a Sri Lankan security team will be visiting Pakistan on August 6. The security delegation will be taking a look at the arrangement at venues of Karachi and Lahore, prior to their security briefing by officials on August 8.
It is reported that Sri Lanka has partially agreed to play the two matches of ICC Test Championship in Pakistan and the official approval of Sri Lankan cricket board is the only requisite left to be fulfilled. If the plan goes smoothly, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be playing in the country for the second time after 2009, and PCB will soon announce the schedule.
It all went bad for Pakistan in 2009 when Sri Lanka’s team came under attack enroute to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Albeit that no Sri Lankan life was lost, the armed militant attack ensured that Pakistan lost its chance to host international team at its soil. For many years, Pakistan hosted tournaments in UAE and continues to does so.
It was however Zimbabwe that brought back international cricket to Pakistan in 2015. Soon after, Sri Lanka and West Indies visited Pakistan in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Alongside, PSL final matches also helped the country revive cricket in its home grounds.