PCB proposes Rawalpindi and Karachi as venues for Sri Lanka Check sequence

Check match cricket is prone to make a return to Pakistan in December 2019 with the PCB placing ahead Rawalpindi and Karachi as potential venues for the two-match sequence towards Sri Lanka.

ESPNcricinfo understands progress has been made on the subject of guaranteeing the Check sequence takes place in Pakistan – the primary of its variety since 2009 – with the board simply awaiting the go-ahead from Sri Lanka Cricket. As for the gamers themselves, it’s not but clear which, if any, are reluctant to tour.

As per the PCB’s proposed schedule, the Check sequence will final solely a fortnight, roughly the identical period of time Sri Lanka have been within the nation for a limited-overs tour earlier this yr. They performed three ODIs in Karachi and two T20Is in Lahore between September 27 and October 10, and although a number of of their senior gamers pulled out, the actual fact it went off with out a hitch, plus the better-than-expected outcomes for what was known as a second-string group, could have satisfied a few of them to journey to Pakistan once more.

The choice to schedule a Check in Rawalpindi, which final hosted five-day cricket when India toured in 2004, would signify the primary enlargement of cricket past the foremost hubs of Lahore and Karachi. That Lahore has been neglected as a venue for the sequence is one thing of a shock, although it’s believed the shortage of daytime and the excessive chance of seasonal smog have been the foremost causes for the PCB trying elsewhere.

The final accomplished Check to be performed in Pakistan occurred in Karachi, which is able to host the second sport of this sequence, ought to it go forward. The final recorded Check in Pakistan was the one which was deserted after two days in Lahore, following the terrorist assault on the Sri Lankan cricket group in 2009.