Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan Cricket Board: No more global cricket at neutral venues

Pakistan Cricket Board: No more global cricket at neutral venues

Both Pakistan and Sri Lankan teams had practice sessions at the Pindi Stadium while security agencies had closed down all the roads leading towards the stadium as both teams buses arrived the venue at 10:00am.

Rashid Latif, who played three Tests against Sri Lanka in 1994 and 2002, said: "I was not born when Pakistan played their first-ever Test at home, but I have no doubts the fans and followers of that era must have felt the same as I am feeling today". Lankan cricketers headed by Dimuth Karunaratne were provided high security normally given for a head of state on their way to their hotel. It is a chance to take a giant step forward in re-establishing Pakistan as a Test cricket destination, and put on a good show in front of their fans who have been starved of live action in the longest format of the game for a decade.

Sri Lanka was the last team to play a Test in Pakistan in 2009.

Karunaratne downplayed security concerns while expressing faith that the host nation's abilities to take adequate measures for the duration of the series that concludes in Karachi where the final Test takes place from Dec 19 to 23.

"Test cricket demands discipline and they (Sri Lanka) are a well-disciplined side, whether playing at their home or away so we have to play disciplined and good cricket", Azhar said, adding that as captain he has to "lead by example".

Sri Lankan Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne feels the presence of former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur in their camp will be a "big advantage" when his side take on Azhar Ali's men in the two-Test series starting on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka have not lost a series in Pakistan since 1992 - winning two and drawing two.

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Pakistan made a pitiful start to the world test championship recently when it lost both tests by innings margins against Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide.

"After the 2009 incident, players were scared to travel to Pakistan", he said in a PCB podcast. The ambush shut the door on global cricket in Pakistan. We know how important this series is. But he carried that in Test cricket against Australia and emerged as Pakistan's best batsman.

Looking at the available resources and the batting form of Fawad Alam in domestic cricket, Misbah-ul-Haq will have headache in choosing between Fawad, Haris and Iftikhar Ahmed, while Abid Ali will have bright chances of opening for the hosts while Shah Masood, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam are the most likely ones, who will get the nod of approval to play in the first Test.

Ehsan Mani: "Our default position is that Pakistan will play all its home matches in Pakistan".

The last two series in SA & Australia have been tough for us. "We are confident we can win again". "Somehow, cricket was the only institution left", said Akhtar on his Youtube channel.

The overcast conditions and prediction of rain might play vital role in the outcome of the Test.

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