4 Jul 2009

Pakistan, Sri Lanka return to Tests after terror attack

6:58 am on 4 July 2009

Pakistan and Sri Lanka make an emotional return to Test cricket this weekend almost four months to the day after a militant attack halted their last contest.

The three-Test series is the first between the two nations since armed gunmen fired on the Sri Lankan team bus while the players were on their way to resume a Test match in the Pakistani city of Lahore on March 3rd.

Seven Sri Lankan cricketers were injured and eight local security men were killed in the attack that forced the cricket world to abandon Pakistan as a venue for international cricket.

The upcoming series opens at the Galle International Stadium just two weeks after Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 at Lord's in London.

Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam says he has no fears over security and is more concerned about how quickly his team would switch from the Twenty20 mode to the traditional five-day format.