The cricket board of Pakistan and Sri Lanka came to a decision to shift the second and final Test match of Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka to the Galle Cricket Stadium following security concerns in the capital city.
First match was booked for Galle, which began on 16th July, while the second match was scheduled for Colombo, which will now be held in Galle Stadium from 24th to 28th July, according to the report.
Economic uncertainty has pushed the population to protest, and only recently, furious protestors stormed the Galle Fort to criticize the President for mismanaging the country’s finances and demand his resignation.
Government spokesman Dinouk Colombage said last week that the government has proclaimed a nationwide state of emergency to deal with the current circumstances and to avert any unfortunate incidents.
When Sri Lanka’s political situation deteriorates, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) requested Bangladesh last week to be ready to host the Asia Cup 2022, which is currently planned to take place in that country in August.
Details of the match
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan’s potent bowling attack in the opening Test match of the series, which started on Sunday at Galle Stadium.
The Babar’s team is currently in command after their bowling unit picked up five wickets during the first session. Shaheen and Yasir grabbed two wickets each. Hasan Ali took one.
Yasir Shah, Pakistan’s fifth-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, returned with a bang after an absence of over a year and overtook the legendary Abdul Qadir.