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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test
- Match: Pak vs SL, 1st Test, Pakistan v Sri Lanka in UAE, 2017
- Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Monday, October 02, 2017
- Time: 06:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Umpire : Ian Gould , Nigel Llong
- Third Umpire: Richard Kettleborough
- Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka Squad:
Dinesh Chandimal (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage, Roshen Silva
Pakistan played their last Test on May 13. Sarfraz Ahmed officially became captain across all three formats on July 5. That means, even between the intoxicating highs of winning the Champions Trophy and the return of international cricket at home, they’ve had sufficient time to reflect on the legacies of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
And now reality has arrived, also bringing with it a slew of dilemmas. How does anyone replace a collective experience of 193 Tests, 15,331 runs and 44 centuries all at once? For starters, searching replacements is a futile task Pakistan will do well to steer clear of. work begins with putting together a group that can play along the more established names – the the and attempt to scavenge the runs that the two stalwarts scored. have been given first dibs to help achieve that. It will help Pakistan that the “transition” from the era begins in the familiar climes a side they’ve played 14 Tests since 2011.
The visitors can certainly empathise with Pakistan’s predicament. They’ve after all been repeatedly smacked on the head by that ten-letter word since Kumar Sangakkara nicked Ravichandran Ashwin off to slip and walked away into a glorious, yet premature some would argue, Colombo sunset. Sri Lanka have been so burdened by this moving on process that star man Angelo Mathews has borne collateral damage. After a spate of injuries and a captaincy handover, he’ll sit out this series opener with a calf strain.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal can hardly have chosen a more strenuous atmosphere to lead in his first overseas assignment as full-time captain. Although, after the fiasco against India, he will may have one less thing to think about – booing fans – when he sits on the team bus to head to the stadium. At the moment, even small positives will do.
When: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, September 28 – October 2, 06:00 GMT; 11:30 IST
Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
What to expect: Bright and sunny days. The pitch at the Sheikh Stadium, as always, will foster stroke play on the first two days with fast bowlers enjoying some assistance in terms of bounce. Spinners will have a say and Shah, who grabbed a match-haul of 10 for 210 in the last game here will hope to use recent experience for one- over.