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March 3, 2009 is probably one of the darkest days in cricket. Terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus while it was on its way to Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Eight years later, Sri Lanka is set to step in Pakistan for an international match subject to security clearance. Pakistan, who have been bereft of international cricket at home, will play a touring World XI side later this month. The Sri Lanka match could be a huge boost to the country’s cricketing fortunes.

Sri Lanka after getting hammered by India at home, are now on the lookout for a change to countries to flip their fortunes. Their next series against Pakistan will take place in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan. Both sides are set to clash in a 2-Test, five One-Day International (ODI) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) series.

This will also include a historic first-ever day-night Test for Sri Lanka. The second Test at Dubai will see the return of pink-ball cricket with first Test at Abu Dhabi being played with the conventional red ball.

The ODI series will take place in three cities –Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The first ODI will be hosted by Dubai, while the second and third ODIs will be played at Abu Dhabi. Sharjah will host the fourth and fifth ODI.

The teams will return to Abu Dhabi for the first two T20Is. If everything goes well with the World XI tour and a security clearance by Cricket Sri Lanka (SLC) and International Cricket Council (ICC), the third ODI will take place at Lahore, Pakistan.

The tour commences on September 28 and concludes on October 29.