ICC announces the match officials in the upcoming Pakistan-Sri Lanka clash as International Test cricket makes its return to Pakistan.
Pakistan is set to host their Test series against Sri Lanka this coming December 11. The two teams are set to clash for the ICC World Test Championship in two fixtures that will be held in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
The International Cricket Council has taken steps in preparing for the said series. The ICC has announced the names of the two officials who will oversee the historic series.
Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough will be the two on-field officials for the first Test of the series. Richard Illingworth and Shoaib Raza will be the third and fourth umpires.
In addition, Andy Pycroft will be in the playing control room for the opening Test.
This marks the first time that a Test match will be played on Pakistan after ten years and nine months. Cricket was stopped in the country when a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus left several cricketers injured during the 2009 Test series.
The Men in Green have played their home matches in England and the United Arab Emirates since then. Test cricket’s return in the country seemed to be a long shot but made sense when Sri Lanka made a decision to play there for the first time since the incident.
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