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NEWS | Test cricket to return home to Pakistan after 10 years

Sri Lanka will travel to Pakistan for a two Test series in December.

Test cricket is set to be played in Pakistan for the first time in a decade when Sri Lanka face the men in green next month.


The last time Test cricket was played within Pakistani borders was in 2009. An attack by 12 gunmen on the Sri Lanka bus ten years ago prompted future matches to be moved outside the country.


The attack killed six Pakistani policemen and two civilians whilst also injuring several of the Sri Lankan team.


Given the risk to both players and the general public alike, the vast majority of 'home' matches Pakistan have since played took place in the United Arab Emirates.


"This is fabulous news for Pakistan and its reputation of being as safe and secure as any other country in the world," said Zakir Khan, PCB Director of International Cricket.


"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 endeavors of attracting new audiences and younger generation."


Several ODI and T20I matches have taken place in Pakistan over the past couple of years but the matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi hopefully signal a more formal return to normality for Pakistani cricket.


The two match series will register as part of the ICC World Test Championship.

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