No more international cricket at neutral venues, PCB chief Ehsan Mani

Women of Punjab police being given a security briefing outside the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Monday. Pakistani and Sri Lankan teams will play a test match in the city from Wednesday

For years, Pakistan has been compelled to play all its house matches in neutral venue the United Arab Emirates as in a foreign country groups refused to tour the nation over security fears. I have seen all these institutions end.

The touring Sri Lanka cricket team received a warm welcome on their arrival at the Islamabad worldwide airport. And it is for Test cricket.

"We had a tough series in Australia and it's very unfortunate the way we lost there, it was disappointing", Azhar said on Tuesday, the day before they play Sri Lanka at Pindi Cricket Stadium. Personally, I have played all Tests [17 of them plus five ODIs] either in the UAE or elsewhere.

"We all fell in love with this game after watching the greats of ours times before our own eyes". This is an opportunity for children in Pakistan to have a proper look at Test cricket. Babar Azam has been their best batsman and apart from him, only Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood have aggregated more than 300 runs in the longest format this year. Sri Lanka have received a massive reception already.

There is a lot more at stake than World Test Championship points for Pakistan when they host Sri Lanka in a two-match series this month as the country hosts its first Tests on home soil since the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

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"Countries and boards must always support each other. We are confident we can win again". Fawad Alam has returned to Test cricket after more than a decade. I hope the fans have an easy passage to the stadium and can get to enjoy the game. "Therefore, we have the momentum on our side heading into this series", Karunaratne said. Ahead of the Test series, the governing body of world cricket International Cricket Council (ICC) posted an image of Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali and Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne posing with the trophy with a caption that read "History Awaits". Sri Lanka team coming to Pakistan for Test matches is a big achievement and fantastic news for cricket fans who can see their heroes play in front of them.

He said the home series was a very good opportunity for us to resume Test cricket at home grounds and we would try to improve our performance and come back on the winning track.

"We played good cricket in 2017 so that confidence is with us", he said. He's made 26 tons and he averages 56.58 in red-ball cricket in this decade.

In the build up to the series, the excitement has been less about the on-field contest and more about the larger significance of Test cricket returning to Pakistan. The ambush shut the door on worldwide cricket in Pakistan. "We will never forget, may that time never come, but Inshallah you will find us hand in hand with Sri Lanka and their people in times of need".

Opening batsman Shan Masood, who was born in Kuwait 30 years ago, is impatiently waiting to face the first ball of the match - that if Pakistan get the opportunity upfront - and says it's like one looking forward to playing his maiden worldwide. I welcome the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan.

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