After a gap of more than ten years, Test cricket will return to Pakistan as Sri Lanka will play their World Test Championship (WTC) matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
After more than 10 years, Test cricket will return to Pakistan in December when Sri Lanka will play their World Test Championship matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
🏏 1st Test
📅 11-15 December
🏟 Pindi Cricket Stadium
🏏 2nd Test
📅 19-23 December
🏟 National Stadium https://t.co/UejLVK9OPo
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 14, 2019
On Friday, Sri Lanka announced its 16-member squad for the upcoming Test series in Pakistan. The Dimuth Karunaratne led Lankan team will leave for Pakistan on December 8.
Dinesh Chandimal has been called up for the series against the Men in Green.
Kasun Rajitha has replaced Akila Dhananjay, who was suspended from bowling in international cricket for 12 months due to illegal action.
The first match will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from December 11, and the final Test will take place at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi from December 19.
After the announcement of the Sri Lankan squad, former cricketer-turned-commentator Russell Arnold took a cheeky dig at the selectors. In his Twitter post, Russell wrote: “Surprised that SL have picked a full-strength team for the upcoming Tests. I mean after the T20’s 🤷♂️🤷♂️”
Surprised that SL have picked a full strength team for the upcoming Tests …. I mean after the T20’s 🤷♂️🤷♂️
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) November 30, 2019
In October this year, the young and inexperienced Sri Lankan brigade defeated Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan 2-1 in the three-match T20I series.
Sri Lanka squad:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan.