As Pakistan seals a relatively easy 5-0 triumph against the Lankans, the both competitors are gearing up to face each other in the forthcoming T20 series which would played in the United Arab Emirates; and last exhibition has been scheduled to be showcased in our very own Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Despite of the fact that the ICC security team had cleared the Lahore venue, most of the Islanders are reluctant to show up for the match and have ‘excused’ before their national cricket board.
Sri Lankan Cricket officials had given a YES nod over the request of Mr. Najam Sethi; chairman PCB to send their national side to play the last contest of the T20 series in Lahore; fulfilling their promise they have made no changes in their agreement although a brand new squad have been lined up to face Pakistan in the series, starting from Thursday 26th October 2017. From the one squad, Lahiru Gamage, Jeffrey Vandersay would retain their places in the 16-man squad whereas the Quetta Gladiators star Thisara Perera would lead the national side, which would play against the green shirts. The newly lined up side would feature the following players.
Thisara Perera (capt), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashan Priyanjan, Mahela Udawatte, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Sachith Pathirana, Vikum Sanjaya, Lahiru Gamage, Seekkuge Prasanna, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay and Chaturanga de Silva
Although majority of the known players wouldn’t be participating in the upcoming contest. Opener Upal Tharanga was the very first player to take the objections to the table followed by Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and the remaining ODI squad.
Looks like we ‘d be welcoming a lot of new faces to our national playing arena, the absence of regular players would be felt definitely; as the newly formed side looks inexperienced and quite weak. We hope that the Pakistani cricket fans would be witnessing a tight contest between the Sarfaraz eleven and the Islanders lions.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to play Pakistan on 29th October 2017 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. This is the first time that a Lankan side is expected to play in Pakistan since the dreadful attack on the Sri Lankan team at Lahore back in 2009.
We hope that the Islanders would enjoy their visit to Pakistan; and would return back home safe and sound after showing their skills before the enthusiastic crowd at Lahore.