Pakistan’s first Test match on home soil since 2009, which starts against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, is a moment to rejoice for the whole country, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said on Tuesday.
Pakistan host Sri Lanka in a two-match series, their first Tests on home soil since the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore which left six security personnel and two civilians dead and six players injured.
Other teams refused to travel to Pakistan due to security concerns and the side were forced to play home tests at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s a moment to rejoice, not only for the players but the whole Pakistan nation,” Azhar told reporters. “Test cricket’s return to Pakistan after 10 years is an opportunity for us to get back on the winning track.
“We had a tough series in Australia and the way we lost there was disappointing. Moving forward, we see this home series as an opportunity and advantage to turn things around.”
When will the 1st Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin?
Day 1 action of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test will start from 10:15 AM IST on December 11.
Where I can watch Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test live?
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test can be watched on Sony Pictures Networks.
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Where will Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test be played?
The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host the 1st Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Squads
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Abid Ali
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Kasun Rajitha, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan