Pakistan's First Home Test Against Sri Lanka Underway At Rawalpindi

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Pakistan's First Home Test Against Sri Lanka At Ra
As Test cricket returns to Pakistan for the first time in a decade, Pakistan cricketers and fans thanked Sri Lanka for returning to the country after a fatal militant attack on their team in 2009 drove international cricket away.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bat on Day 1 of the first Test in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

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Pakistan host Sri Lanka in a two-match series, their first tests on home soil since the infamous 2009 militant attack on Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore which left six security personnel and two civilians dead and several Sri Lanka players and coaches injured.

The stadium is heavy guarded and spectators had to undergo stringent security checks before entering.

Ahead of the start of the series, Pakistan's skipper Azhar Ali on Tuesday thanked Sri Lanka for returning to Pakistan for the first Test tour in the country in a decade.

"It's a historic occasion and all the players are excited to be part of this," Azhar, who has played 75 Tests — but, until now, none at home — said at a press conference in Rawalpindi with his counterpart, Karunaratne. The majority of Pakistan's home Test matches have since taken place in the United Arab Emirates.

The second Test of the series will be played at National Stadium in Karachi from December 19-23.

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