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Return of Test cricket in Pakistan after 10 years

Pakistani crowd thanking Srilankan team

Pakistani crowd thanking Srilankan team

Return of Test cricket in Pakistan after 10 years

This is a story of return of test cricket in Pakistan after 10 years.It was a nice and cool morning in Lahore on 3rd march, 2009. Pakistan and Srilanka were playing a test match in Qaddafi stadium , Lahore. Play of 2 days was already completed. Srilanka scored a ma-month ist innings total of 606 runs with 3 centurions. Sangakara and Tilkaratne Dilshan scored 104 and 145 respectively. Thilan Samaraweera  was the third centurion from Srilanka who went on to score 214 runs. Umar Gull from Pakistan picked up 6 wickets for 135 runs. In reply Pakistan was 110 runs for the loss of only one wicket at the end of 2nd day’s play.

Sangakara after scoring century against Pakistan at Qaddafi stadium Lahore 2009
Sangakara after scoring century against Pakistan at Qaddafi stadium Lahore 2009
Tilkaratne Dilshan after scoring century against Pakistan at Qaddafi stadium Lahore 2009
Tilkaratne Dilshan after scoring century against Pakistan at Qaddafi stadium Lahore 2009
Thilan Samaraweera after his double century against Pakistan at Qaddafi stadium Lahore
Thilan Samaraweera after his double century against Pakistan at Qaddafi stadium Lahore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Attack on Srilankan Team

Here comes 3rd march 2009, teams were on their way to Qaddafi stadium Lahore from the Pearl Continental Hotel. While crossing Liberty roundabout , there was a militant group who was hiding there and start firing on the team bus. This was a horrible scene for public and cricketers. Some srilankan players were injured but the bus driver named Khalil drove the bus in this war type situation and reached at stadium with all players. Army helicopter was there to pickup srilankan team and with their leaving test cricket was also leaving this country.

Srilankan team leaving in Pakistan army helicopter from Qaddafi stadium Lahore after attack
Srilankan team leaving in Pakistan army helicopter from Qaddafi stadium Lahore after attack

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Srilankan team leaving in Pakistan army helicopter from Qaddafi stadium Lahore after attack
Srilankan team leaving in Pakistan army helicopter from Qaddafi stadium Lahore after attack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victims of 2009 attack returning to Pakistan after 11 years

Thanks to the diplomatic plus cricket boards negotiations. Srilankan team agreed to visit Pakistan for the two test match series. Before this, Srilankan team already visited Pakistan for 3 match ODI and 3 match T20I series in October 2019. But their ten main players refused to travel with the team. So Srilankan cricket board sent their replacements. The security arrangements for the test series were absolute flawless. Pakistan Cricket Board provided state level security to the visitors.Green team lost 6 test matches on the trot before this.This tour means a lot to us. Now the world should have no concerns over the security measures to play cricket in Pakistan.

 

Srilankan team security in Karachi
Srilankan team security in Karachi
A security official on duty at National Stadium Karachi
A security official on duty at National Stadium Karachi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srilanka, A True Friend

Thank you srilanka for bringing back test cricket to Pakistan.Thanks for bringing back our smiles. Kudos to you for bringing back crowd to our stadiums.This will give a strong message to world cricket that Pakistan is a safe place for playing cricket. Especially, the srilankan government who allowed them to travel to Pakistan.We as a nation owe you. For more cricket stories stay with us.

Pakistani crowd thanking Srilankan team
Pakistani crowd thanking Srilankan team