It’s likely that Sri Lanka Cricket team will tour to Pakistan for a 2-match Test series which will be played under the Test championship 2019-20.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) the idea of hosting the 2 matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi from 11th-23th December.
According to the original Future Tours Plan, Pakistan were supposed to host Sri Lanka for two World Test Championship Test matches in October before Sri Lanka returned for three ODIs and three T20Is in late December. But with the agreement of Sri Lanka Cricket, PCB swapped the Test series with the limited overs tour and hosted the limited overs series in Karachi and Lahore successfully. After the conclusion of the tour, the Sri Lankan contingent had a few negative remarks, bringing up the fact that their freedom was seriously impacted during the tour.
After these developments, the PCB expressed its disappointment and PCB officials, Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan have apparently conveyed to SLC that if SLC insisted on playing the Test series in the UAE, they should bear half the expenses. But after meetings between SLC and PCB, it seems SLC has given the green light for PCB to host the Test series in Pakistan and is waiting for players to confirm their participation.
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ThePapare.com learns that the meeting between the SLC and the players, which was held last Wednesday (23) has had a positive response, meaning that the tour is on cards and will be confirmed in the Executive Committee meeting next week.
Proposed Schedule for Test series
- 1st Test – 11-15 December – Rawalpindi
- 2nd Test – 19-23 December – Karachi
The tour will be a 14-day long trip for the Sri Lankans just like the recently concluded limited overs tour which was held in Karachi and Lahore. Gadaffi stadium in Lahore was left out for the Test series because of the possible smog in December and its alternative; Rawalpindi Cricket stadium hasn’t hosted a Test match since the 2004 India tour.