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Sri Lanka will play their first day-night Test in Dubai as part of the two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.

The Test series will begin on the 28th of September in Abu Dhabi before the second Test in Dubai, which also hosted a day-night Test against West Indies last year.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said the two Tests will be followed by five ODIs, before two T20Is in Abu Dhabi and the last one in Lahore on the 29th of October, “subject to security clearance”.

International cricket will return to Pakistan after a long gap later this month when the hosts take on World XI for three T20Is, followed by the return of Sri Lanka, who faced a terror attack on their team bus in March 2009.

Out of the five day-night ODIs between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the first will be played in Dubai on the 13th of October, the second and third in Abu Dhabi, and the last two in Sharjah.

The Test series was originally scheduled to comprise three matches but was reduced to two to accommodate the series against the World XI. Sri Lanka’s return to Lahore is the first visit by a high-profile international team after eight-and-a-half years.

SLC showed interest in playing a T20 in Lahore with SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala stating at the Asian Cricket Council AGM in Colombo last month that as long as the logistical and operational plans fall in place.

Sumathipala said “We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment, and things look positive with things improving all over the country and especially Lahore being cleared.”

The PCB had offered SLC a day-night Test in late 2013 but the Sri Lankan board had rejected the proposal citing its players’ lack of practice with the pink ball as the main reason.