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Friday 1st December 2023 / 18 Jamadilawal 1445

Rain may disrupt first Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test

foolproof security for test match in Rawalpindi, says CPO

foolproof security for test match in Rawalpindi, says CPO

RAWALPINDI: Rain may play a spoilsport in the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka starting tomorrow at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast rain in the city from Thursday to Saturday, meaning the second, third and fourth day of the Test is likely to be affected by rain.

READ MORE: Light rainfall expected in Karachi on Wednesday night

It is interesting to note here that the first one-day international between the two teams in September in Karachi was called off after heavy rain brought the city to a standstill.
Pakistan will stage its first home Test in a decade on Wednesday, when they take on the Islanders in Rawalpindi, since the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.
That attack left six security personnel and two civilians dead and six players injured and saw Pakistan spend the next decade in the Test wilderness as teams refused to play there.

READ ALSO: Pakistan to play against Sri Lanka in Lahore today

Pakistan, who were forced to play their “home” Tests at neutral venues, will look to use the series as an opportunity to bounce back after being swept 2-0 in Australia, suffering innings defeats both in Brisbane and Adelaide.
Sri Lanka will be playing under new head coach Mickey Arthur, who only took charge last Thursday and will start his tenure against his former employers Pakistan.

READ MORE: India threatening Sri Lanka not to play in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhary

The series is part of the World Test Championship, which sees the top nine test nations face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lord’s in June 2021.
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