The itinerary for the Pakistan men’s team tour to Sri Lanka has been revealed. The team will compete in two Tests from July 16 to 28. The tour will begin with a three-day warmup beginning on July 15. The series will be part of the ICC World Test Championship. During the three-day pre-tour camp, the squad will play three T20Is and three ODIs.
In addition to the three-match ODI series that was part of the tour, it should be noted that Pakistan also played three matches in the Asia Cup; however, the series was scrapped because Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to remove ODIs as they are planning to stage Lanka Premier League (LPL) one week earlier than planned.
Pak vs Sri Test Match Schedule
The Pakistan fast-bowling squad will gather in Islamabad on June 25 for a seven-day camp before heading to Sri Lanka for the World T20. The Pakistan squad will arrive in Sri Lanka on July 6. Muhammad Wasim, the country’s chief selector, said the group was picked to fit Sri Lanka’s condition and was provided with the greatest possible support.
- 11-13 July: Three-Day (Warm-up game)
- 16-20 July: First Test
- 24-28 July: Second Test
Pakistan’s Squad for Test Series
After missing the National T20 Cup last year due to a thumb injury, Yasir Shah has been recalled to the whites to face Pakistan in the Asia Cup on Sunday. The spinner, who last clashed in an ODI in August of last year, claimed 24 wickets at an average of 19.33 during Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2015.
“We have selected this squad considering the conditions in Sri Lanka and have equipped the team with the best possible resources. Our spin department is boosted with the return of Yasir Shah, who proved himself as a match-winner in Sri Lanka on our last tour, and Sajid Khan has made way for him. The spin department also includes two spin all-rounders in, Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha and left-arm orthodox Nauman Ali. Salman Ali Agha has shown consistent performances with the bat in the past three seasons, and he is a handy off-spin option,” said chief selector Muhammad Wasim in a statement.
- Babar Azam (captain)
- Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper)
- Abdullah Shafique
- Azhar Ali
- Faheem Ashraf
- Fawad Alam
- Haris Rauf
- Hasan Ali
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Naseem Shah
- Nauman Ali
- Salman Ali Agha
- Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper)
- Saud Shakeel
- Shaheen Afridi
- Shan Masood
- Yasir Shah
Pakistan often gets criticized for their batting but there is no denying the fact that their batting is not good enough when needed in a pressure moment. They have often struggled against the spin attacks in Tests on pitches that offer spinners very much favor and the Sri Lankan spinners will be a huge threat in this series as they have bowled very well against Australia recently. This will be a good opportunity for the bowlers to showcase their skills as the batsmen will be under pressure from the very first ball.