Pakistan is about to host its highest-profile cricket match in eight years. They play Sri Lanka in a T-20 game in Lahore. With Sri Lanka playing in Pakistan for the first time since thea gun attack on their team bus in 2009, 10,000 police have been deployed to ensure safety.
Eight people were killed in the incident and seven players were injured. Teams stopped going to Pakistan to play due to security concerns. Since then the only test-playing nation to visit Pakistan has been Zimbabwe. Despite the World XI tour of 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.