Sri Lanka team lands in Pakistan for historic Test
2019-12-09 at 10:55
The National cricket team led by Dimuth Karunaratane has landed in Islamabad ahead of the Test series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday.
The national team left the island for Pakistan earlier this morning. Test cricket is returning to Pakistan after over a decade as the Sri Lankan team plays its World Test Championship matches in the country.
The first Test will start on Wednesday in Rawalpindi followed by a second Test at the National Stadium in Karachi from December 19-23.
Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will miss the two-match Test series after contracting dengue. He will be replaced by Asitha Fernando, who will join the squad for the second match of the series.
Sri Lanka have also given former skipper Dinesh Chandimal a chance to fight his way back into the national team, now led by Karunaratne.
Meanwhile, Fawad Alam was a surprise inclusion in Pakistan’s 16-member squad announced on Saturday. The squad will be led by Azhar Ali.
In September, Sri Lanka’s national cricket squad had arrived in Pakistan for a tour comprising three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches. Ten senior players citing security concerns had opted out of the tour.