There was a time when the return of international cricket back to Pakistan seemed almost impossible. Thanks to the tireless effort of Pakistan Cricket Board and the friends-in-need gesture of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that has not hesitated to send its team despite facing the worst ever terror attack on cricketers on the history of cricket. With the help of Sri Lanka cricket board, Pakistan finally walked one-step further in bringing international cricket back on its soil.
In 2009, Sri Lankan cricketers faced the worst ever terror attack on cricketers, when their team bus was headed towards Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. The team was heading towards the ground to play the Day 3 of the second Test match, where a group of terrorists opened fire on the team bus. The incident killed eight people and wounded a number of Sri Lankan cricketers.
The deadly attack left an irremovable scarce on Pakistan cricket. The ICC and International community prohibited Pakistan from organizing any kind of international event for nearly a decade. During that span of time, Pakistan played most of their home games in the United Arab Emirates.
As time passed on, security situation gradually improved and Pakistan became capable of hosting international matches again. Though one of the low ranked team Zimbabwe accepted Pakistan request and visited the country for a limited-overs tour, this was enough to melt the ice.
However, the successful hosting of the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) and playing against the World 11 at the home ground improved the image of the country a lot. Sri Lankan team bus finally touched the threshold of Gaddafi Stadium for a T20 international, where the host beat them through a good fight on the field.