KARACHI: There is a revival of Test cricket in Pakistan after 10 years. No Test match has been played after 2009.The first match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is to be played in Rawalpindi, starting December 11, and the second in Karachi from December 19. The two Tests matched will be part of the ICC Men’s World Test Championship.
This series will mark the return of Test cricket to Pakistan after 10 years. Sri Lanka were the last team to play Tests here, in 2009, when their tour was cut short by an attack on the team bus. Their return to play red-ball cricket in the country thus holds significance. According to a report, the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test series tickets to be sold will be as low as Rs100. However, the board knows the fact that the fans’ interest in five-day format may not be as high as in shorter formats. To counter that, the PCB, as per a source, has decided that tickets for most of the enclosures during the Sri Lanka Test series will be available for as low as Rs100 and Rs200. The most expensive ticket will be sold for Rs500, the source added. Furthermore, school kids could also be invited to attend the matches and fill the stands. A final strategy in this regard is expected to be officially announced the next week.
I urge the government to invite international teams to play in Pakistan and make more cricket grounds so international teams can play with ease.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2019.