Pakistan and Sri Lanka ready to battle out in the first day-night Test
This will be the first day-night Test between the two teams.
Updated - Sep 5, 2017 12:44 pm
After the successful advent of day-night Test matches, all the Test playing nations are now keen on featuring in one. West Indies played the first day-night fixture in England against the hosts a couple of weeks ago. Reports suggest that Sri Lanka and Pakistan are getting ready and warmed up to face each other for the first time in a day-night Test match. The United Arab Emirates ground will host the first Test match of the two-match Test series between the two rival nations.
While, the Lankan lions are yet to play a day-night game in the longest format Pakistan have already won a day-night fixture against the Windies. The visiting Sri Lankan side will also play 5 ODIs and 3 T20s, starting with the day-night Test match on September 28. Pakistan are coming into this series after a long break as they have not played a single international game since the Champions Trophy 2017 final against India, which they won to clinch their maiden title.
On the other hand, the Sri Lankan team will fly for this tour after a disappointing performance against the strong Indian side both in the Tests and ODI series’ at home. “The exact itinerary will be released shortly,” a Sri Lanka Cricket official said, confirming the proposal of having a day-night Test on the tour.
Sri Lanka team to visit Pakistan
The Lankans have not visited Pakistan since the 2008 Lahore terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, which left a few players in the visitors’ camp injured and all the players traumatised. However, after 9 long years, cricket is returning to the sub-continental nation with the T20 series between Pakistan and the World XI team named the Independence Cup. And now after the development, the Sri Lankans have also agreed to visit the country to play a T20I but only after proper safety measures are assured to the touring side.