National team leaves for Pakistan for two-match series
2019-12-09 at 07:12
The National Test Cricket Team led by Dimuth Karunaratne has left for Pakistan to play a two-match series.
The opening match of the series will be played in Rawalpindi from Wednesday while the series finale is scheduled to be held in Karachi from the 19th of December.
Sri Lanka Cricket issuing a statement said Suranga Lakmal who was part of the initial squad was left out of the touring party after he had contracted with dengue.
His spot has been taken by Asitha Fernando, who has spent the last few months playing for Sri Lanka’s Under-23 and Emerging teams.
Fernando who is taking part in the South Asian Games will only join the national team in Pakistan ahead of the second Test.
The series will mark the return of Test cricket to Pakistan after 10 years. Sri Lanka visited Pakistan in September-October where the two teams competed in three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Sri Lanka had last month announced their full-strength squad for the Test matches, led by regular skipper Karunaratne.