Former Pakistan cricketers have praised Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for allowing the senior national team to tour Pakistan for the historic Test series starting on 11 December.
Pakistan is set to host the Test series for the first time in more than 10 years. Notably, Sri Lanka was the last team to visit Pakistan for the Test in 2009.
After the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, he was out of the test cricket scene. Pakistan had been playing their ‘home’ test at neutral places in the UAE over the last 10 years.
Pakistan is trying to convince the Cricket Board to tour the country for the Test series, but there were no positive developments. Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, West Indies and the World XI team recently visited Pakistan for the limited overs series.
Would like to thank Sri Lanka: Afridi
“I would like to thank the Sri Lankan Cricket Board for sending their team for the Test series, and I would also like to thank the PCB for their efforts to ensure the series in Pakistan. This is due to the tireless efforts and resolve of the PCB. The official website of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been quoted saying that Test cricket is being restored in the country.
“Countries and boards should always support each other. In the past we have stood firmly with Sri Lanka in all our cricket commitments and I am happy that they have received our support.”
A great opportunity: Mohammad Yusuf
Expressing happiness on the arrival of the Sri Lankan cricket team, former captain Mohammad Yousuf said that he is happy for the fans who will see their heroes in action at home.
“This is a really great opportunity, Pakistan is a sports nation and we love cricket. The Sri Lankan team coming to Pakistan for Test matches is a great achievement and great news for cricket fans who play their heroes in front of them You can see, ”said Joseph.
“I have some wonderful memories of playing cricket in Pakistan. I hope this series goes well and we will see some good quality Test cricket, which will be enjoyed by all.”
All-rounder Shoaib Malik gave a heartfelt message, thanking the SLC and the Sri Lankan players for agreeing to tour Pakistan for the Test series.
“I must thank the Sri Lankan team and the Sri Lankan Board for taking this step and be instrumental in bringing back international cricket for our country and our people. We will never forget, maybe the time never comes, But inshallah you. Malik said that in times of need, let us join hands with Sri Lanka and their people.
Notably, Sri Lanka visited Pakistan earlier this year for a 3-match ODI and T20 series. Some top names, including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews, refused to travel to Pakistan citing security concerns, but Sri Lanka have sent a full-strength squad for the upcoming Test series.
The two Tests will be played in Rawalpindi (December 11 to 15) and Karachi (December 19 to 23).