December 9 (India Today) – Sri Lanka’s cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Monday for their two-match Test series, with the Pakistani government giving the visiting team the status of State Guests.
After more than 10 years, Test cricket will return to Pakistan in December when Sri Lanka will play their World Test Championship matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, which killed eight people and injured several players.
The first Test will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 11-15 December, while the second Test will be held at the National Stadium from 19-23 December.
Sri Lanka played three ODIs and three T20 matches in September and October in Pakistan this year, though 10 key players opted out of that trip citing security concerns. The Test squad that arrived on Monday, though, is full-strength.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had announced that Suranga Lakmal would not feature in the series as he was down with dengue.
“Sri Lanka Test Squad led by Dimuth Karunaratne arrives in Islamabad to take part in a two-match Test series. #PAKvSL,” SLC tweeted.
Sri Lanka squad for Pakistan Test series: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan.