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Pakistan to host highest profile cricket match since 2009 gun attack Published: 3 weeks ago By: Al Jazeera English

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Pakistan is about to host its highest profile cricket match for eight years. They play Sri Lanka in a T-20 game in Lahore. 10,000 police have been deployed, with Sri Lanka playing in Pakistan for the first time since a gun attack on their team bus in 2009.

Eight people were killed in the incident and seven players were injured. It meant teams stopped going to Pakistan due to security concerns. Since then the only Test playing nation to visit Pakistan has been Zimbabwe. And despite a world 11 playing an exhibtion series in Pakistan in September, a number of Sri Lanka's major players have pulled out of this match.

Rishad Mahmood, sports editor of one of Pakistan's leading newspapers - Dawn, talks to Al Jazeera.


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