Sri Lankan cricket team arrived in Karachi on Tuesday evening to play a series of three ODIs and three T20Is against Pakistan. The visitors were warmly welcomed at the airport.
Sri Lanka will play against Pakistan a series of three ODIs and as many T20Is on the tour, starting from September 27 and concluding on October 9.
Sri Lanka will play the ODI series in Karachi from September 27 to October 3, and later they will go to Lahore for the three-T20I series, scheduled to be played from October 5 to 9.
Sri Lankan team will have its first practice session at Karachi’s National Stadium on Wednesday evening before taking on Pakistan in the first ODI at the same venue two days later.
Lahiru Thirimanne is leading Sri Lanka’s ODI team, whilst Dasun Shanaka will captain the side in the three match T20I series.
According to reports, Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector, Misbah-ul Haq, has finalised the team combination for the first One-day International (ODI) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka which will be played on Friday at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will continue their partnership at the top of Pakistan’s batting order in Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan.
Babar Azam and Haris Sohail will play a key role in middle order. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is expected to bat at the number five position in the batting order. Asif Ali will a play key role of finisher. The pace attack is likely to consist of fast-bowlers Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.
Misbah-ul-Haq has clarified that he will try to gain the maximum amount of profit from the batting abilities of Sarfaraz. This is why the wicket-keeper batsman will feature at number five in Pakistan’s batting line-up.
All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been replaced by batsman Iftikhar Ahmed. All-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are also expected to feature in Pakistan’s line-up.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmad has hoped for a full house at National Stadium on Friday when Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the first match of a three match ODI series in Karachi.
The wicket-keeper batsman said that leading Pakistan in a bilateral home series is going to be the highlight of his career and he wants the fans in Karachi to make it more memorable for him.
“Leading the Pakistan cricket team in a bilateral ODI series in front of my home crowd will be one of the highlights of my career. I can’t wait for Friday, which will mark the memorable occasion, and I hope when I walk out, I have a full-house behind me, not only cheering me but both the sides,” Sarfaraz said in a statement.
“Fans are the lifeline for any sport as they are the driving force for any team or player. They give extra energy to the teams and help them produce their very best.”
The Pakistan skipper added that history will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first bilateral ODI series since January 2009.
“I request all local cricket fans to be part of history so that they can tell the next generation that they were at the National Stadium when an international series was played,” Sarfaraz said.
Pakistan’s ODI Squad:
1. Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), 2. Babar Azam, 3. Shadab Khan, 4. Abdi Ali, 5. Asif Ali, 6. Fakhar Zaman, 7. Usman Shinwari, 8. Haris Sohail, 9. Muhammad Hasnain, 10. Iftikhar Ahmed, 11. Imad Wasim, 12. Imam-ul-Haq, 13. Mohammad Amir, 14. Mohammad Nawaz, 15. Wahab Riaz, 16. Mohammad Rizwan
ODI Series Schedule:
1st ODI: 27 September, National Stadium Karachi
2nd OD: 29 September, National Stadium Karachi
3rd ODI: 2 October, National Stadium Karachi