Lahore Gaddafi Stadium is ready to host the final historic Test on Monday

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Gaddafi Stadium hosts the final test on Monday

The third and final historic test game will be played on Monday at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore while the ongoing series are on a knife-edge after two compelling Tests, both ending in draws.

The third and final test game is going to be played on Monday at Lahore Gaddafi Stadium while the terrorist attack happened in 2009 at the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore and after that, no team come to tour Pakistan till 2019.

While Pakistan’s second-biggest city and its Gaddafi Stadium have not hosted a single test match after the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus left six security personnel and two civilians dead.

It packed international cricket away from Pakistan. The last time Australia visited Pakistan was in 1998, under Mark Taylor’s captaincy. While the last two series Australia played against Pakistan were in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where Pakistan picked up three big wins while Australia managed one draw.

Last year, Black Caps had withdraw its tour of Pakistan just before the toss of the match by citing security issues. Then, the England tour was also scheduled after the New Zealand visit but they had also pulled out the tour of Pakistan.

Pakistan and Australia’s ongoing test series are on a knife-edge after two compelling Tests, both ending in draws.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam will be high on confidence after grabbing a sensational draw in Karachi last time out, by hitting a career-best 196 and vice-captain Rizwan 104 not out.

Kangaroo’s looked to be in a comfortable position in Karachi but after gaining a big 408 run lead skipper Cummins did not enforce the follow-on and Pakistan left them to toil for 171.4 overs, the second most played in the fourth innings.

“We know what we’ve signed up for,”

he said after the thrilling second Test, which followed a dull first match in Rawalpindi.

“We will put everything in the last Test. We’ve time to recover.”

Australia may mess with their spin attack but pacer Mitchell Starc is likely to play despite a heavy workload.

None of the current Pakistan players has played the test at the Gaddafi Stadium, but for skipper Babar, it will be something of a homecoming.

Babar was a ball picker when South Africa visited Pakistan in 2007 and he was born nearby.

“It’s a special occasion,” said the Lahore native.

“When you play in front of your crowd and they support you, that feeling is so good, I can’t explain it.

“We’re so happy that cricket is back and we’re playing against such a big team here.”

The match also holds significance for local umpire Ahsan Raza, who will take charge for the first time since surviving the terror attack in 2009.

He was the reserved umpire when the terror attack was happened and was shot in the back and critically wounded. It took him six months to recover and resume his umpiring career.

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