Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar

New Delhi [India], Dec 11 : Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday welcomed Sri Lanka cricket team to his country.

Akhtar took to Twitter to write: “I welcome Test Cricket back to Pakistan. Specially, to my city Rawalpindi. When your players play at home, they become heroes, this is what inspires a young generation to take up a sport and idolize greatness. #PAKvSL #Rawalpindi.”

Sri Lanka cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Monday and both teams will compete in a two-match Test series.

When Sri Lanka went to play T20Is and ODIs in Pakistan earlier this year, several big names such as Lasith Malinga, and Niroshan Dickwella had opted out of the tour due to security reasons.

The visitors lost the ODI series 0-2 but went on to win the T20I series 3-0.

Sri Lanka squad for Pakistan Test series: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan.

The first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan began today.


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