Sri Lanka tour of UAE 2013-14 December 1, 2013

'Pakistan series a tough challenge' - Ford

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Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford has said the upcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE will be a tough challenge for his team. Ford added that Pakistan have been on the move of late despite the fact that their home venue is the UAE whereas Sri Lanka have been relatively dormant recently.

"The advantage Pakistan's got is that they have played a lot of international cricket in the last six-eight months whereas unfortunately we haven't played nearly as much because of weather and various other things," Ford said. "We've done as much as we can to make sure we are sharp and ready but nothing's quite the same as being match-tight and match-sharp. They have got an advantage from that point of view and they have got some fantastically talented cricketers."

In the past eight months, Pakistan have played four Tests, 23 ODIs and eight T20s compared to Sri Lanka who have played no Tests, 17 ODIs and five T20s. The first Test against Pakistan, which starts on December 31 in Dubai, will be Sri Lanka's first in nearly ten months and Ford said the players were keenly looking forward to the tour.

"They have been out of cricket for a while and their energy and their effort in the training sessions has been exceptional. It is a great group to work with and motivation is never really anything of a problem," Ford said. "I am not sure whether people realize just how proud these guys are to represent their country and they have often shown their characters when the chips are down. The time out of real top-class international cricket and tours being cancelled has made them hungry."

On their last tour to the UAE in 2011, Sri Lanka lost the three-Test series 1-0, the five-match ODI series 4-1 and also went down in the only T20. This time around they will again be involved in three Tests in addition to five ODIs and two T20s. The team is scheduled to leave for the UAE on December 6.

"When Sri Lanka went their last it didn't go all too well," Ford said. "Hopefully we can show that we have made some progress. They are a very tough team to beat in the UAE and they are playing good cricket no matter where they play. They have done well against South Africa just recently. It really will be a tough challenge for us.

"Some of the players have been talking about some of the things they need to expect are going to happen there. Everybody is that much wiser on the conditions and what to expect.

"We had the advantage of a pretty good home series against Pakistan and we know quite a bit about their team and some of our boys have performed well against them so psychologically that's also a boost for us. But at the end of the day it's about getting down there and playing really well session for session."

"Not having him around is a bit of a challenge but we've gone through periods without him before when he's had injury problems and we managed pretty well. It's something that the team is learning to adjust to and that's something that they will have to in the future be able to do - go and play and win without him."
Graham Ford on Mahela Jayawardene

Ever since Pakistan made the UAE their home base in 2010 they have not lost a single Test series there but Ford felt they were not invincible. "They cleaned up England 3-0 and from a psychological point of view they are aware that's their fortress, that's where they play well. But for us it's an exciting challenge. That's the way to make history, that's the way the boys can make heroes of themselves. It's tough but it's not something that's impossible."

One of the key points for Sri Lanka if they are to emerge victorious against Pakistan is how well their batsmen tackle the world-class spin of Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the 2011 series against Sri Lanka in the UAE with 18 Test wickets and 11 ODI wickets.

"I've been involved only in one series with him and we played him quite well in that," Ford said. "Certainly one or two of our players play him pretty well. Most batsmen in the world do have problems with him. It's not like you are going to dominate him or he is an easy option. He is a factor in any series that he plays but we did cope with him last time around.

"Obviously more players are comfortable than others against him. He is more successful in the UAE and the challenge is there. Any bowler that turns the ball in both directions and is difficult to read is a very effective man to have in your side. Added to the fact that he's got the disguise and the ability to turn the ball both ways (is that) he's got fantastic control. Those ingredients make him a tough bowler. Pakistan will be looking to him as a match-winner and we'll be looking to try and neutralize him as possible."

Apart from Ajmal, Pakistan have got a few newcomers such as the seven-foot tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, whom most of the Sri Lanka batsmen have not faced.

"We got video footage and the analyst prepares information for all the players and they'll get their copy of the footage of players in the next day or two to study them," Ford said. "There's always a sharing of information. News gets around and some of these guys will have played against some of these chaps and seen them. You get some info about them from one or two people who played against them and get some sort of an idea of what type of cricketers they are.

"Fortunately these days there is so much TV coverage that players can't hide away. You are going to find out a lot about them. It's one thing knowing about them and it's another thing going out and playing against them."

Ford said Sri Lanka will miss Mahela Jayawardene's experience during the limited-overs leg of the tour. The former captain has opted out for personal reasons. "You can't say enough about Mahela's contribution," Ford said. "He is such an important person in the group. He is brilliant as a player, he sets the tone and he is a great example for the youngsters. His knowledge of the game is just unbelievable. I've learnt a huge amount from him.

"Not having him around is a bit of a challenge but we've gone through periods without him before when he's had injury problems and we managed pretty well. It's something that the team is learning to adjust to and that's something that they will have to in the future be able to do - go and play and win without him."

Ford dismissed the notion that Jayawardene's absence would bring added pressure on the other two senior batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan. "Those two guys have thrived on pressure throughout their careers. They are both strong mentally and pressure might even be a good thing for them. I don't think that is something to be concerned about. They know their game so well."

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  • on December 8, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    At last professionals are now acknowledging that Pak is the best subcontinent cricket team that can play good cricket anywhere; "They are a very tough team to beat in the UAE and they are playing good cricket no matter where they play" - SriLankan Coach Graham Ford. SriLanka is also a pretty good team. Really looking forward to this series.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 5, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully: Was it on a green pitch like hobart? Was it a 5 th day pitch? Sanga's was better in that aspect.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 5, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @Messa1. How can we hide our pathetic situation and poke on Indians who did better than us. I think we need to use our time to find a way to win matches than bashing India. I fear that we will place below BD soon with these performances.

  • Messa1 on December 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    so many Indian fans commenting here when they have their own match against SA. good to know they love SL cricket. :p

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Pakistan will definitely run away with this series easily,loads of experience to tackle any side in UAE conditions.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 4, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik . Sachin's 241 not out was against B Lee, JN Gillespie, NW Bracken, SCG MacGill. Sanga got out for 57 in the first inngs too. But Sachin was notout at 60 and india declared and almost won that test (got 6 second inngs wicket of Australia). But SL convincingly lost that match. SL were able to take (5+2) 7 wickets from both innings.

  • on December 4, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    tanbeer ahmed i think you forgot that pakistan lost all 3 matches in champions trophy including india hammered pak , even lost to zimbewaye whom india smash with their b team.

  • UDShehan on December 4, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    guys let the two teams play 1st.both the teams are equal so there want be any walk in the park for the both teams.and when it comes to sangakkara no point of arguing his abilities hes one of the best in the business.legends will be born in cricket considering not only his statistics,statistic + his character.so SL,PAK,IND have done that, all 3 teams are very strong can beat any team very easily & all 3 teams have won world cups so they will rule the cricket world.

  • Crick_Expert on December 3, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    PAK vs SL both team so good, hope to see great matches. PAK cricket fans are waiting to see world cricket stars Mahela, Sanga, Afridi, Misbah and Dilsan in action. Good Luck to both teams. Pak fans from dubai...

  • Zainnajam on December 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I Don't think any team is more superior than the other, well Pakistan have got a definitely very strong bowling attack and looks like they are ready to show their batting skills against Sri Lanka. On the other hand Sri Lanka have a good batting attack and are capable of scoring runs with ease,

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    At last professionals are now acknowledging that Pak is the best subcontinent cricket team that can play good cricket anywhere; "They are a very tough team to beat in the UAE and they are playing good cricket no matter where they play" - SriLankan Coach Graham Ford. SriLanka is also a pretty good team. Really looking forward to this series.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 5, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully: Was it on a green pitch like hobart? Was it a 5 th day pitch? Sanga's was better in that aspect.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 5, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @Messa1. How can we hide our pathetic situation and poke on Indians who did better than us. I think we need to use our time to find a way to win matches than bashing India. I fear that we will place below BD soon with these performances.

  • Messa1 on December 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    so many Indian fans commenting here when they have their own match against SA. good to know they love SL cricket. :p

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Pakistan will definitely run away with this series easily,loads of experience to tackle any side in UAE conditions.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 4, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik . Sachin's 241 not out was against B Lee, JN Gillespie, NW Bracken, SCG MacGill. Sanga got out for 57 in the first inngs too. But Sachin was notout at 60 and india declared and almost won that test (got 6 second inngs wicket of Australia). But SL convincingly lost that match. SL were able to take (5+2) 7 wickets from both innings.

  • on December 4, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    tanbeer ahmed i think you forgot that pakistan lost all 3 matches in champions trophy including india hammered pak , even lost to zimbewaye whom india smash with their b team.

  • UDShehan on December 4, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    guys let the two teams play 1st.both the teams are equal so there want be any walk in the park for the both teams.and when it comes to sangakkara no point of arguing his abilities hes one of the best in the business.legends will be born in cricket considering not only his statistics,statistic + his character.so SL,PAK,IND have done that, all 3 teams are very strong can beat any team very easily & all 3 teams have won world cups so they will rule the cricket world.

  • Crick_Expert on December 3, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    PAK vs SL both team so good, hope to see great matches. PAK cricket fans are waiting to see world cricket stars Mahela, Sanga, Afridi, Misbah and Dilsan in action. Good Luck to both teams. Pak fans from dubai...

  • Zainnajam on December 3, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I Don't think any team is more superior than the other, well Pakistan have got a definitely very strong bowling attack and looks like they are ready to show their batting skills against Sri Lanka. On the other hand Sri Lanka have a good batting attack and are capable of scoring runs with ease,

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully He scored 197 in aus against a high quality attack (lee,Johnson,clarke,mcgill) in 4th innings on a 5th day pitch. He was given out wrongly getting caught off his shoulder. Thats better any other innings scored in aus by your so called legends.

  • keptalittlelow on December 3, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Sri Lankan batting is definitely superior to Pakistan's, anyday. Sangakara has scored far more against Pakistan than Sachin did.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @ Harmony111 If these fans would have watched real cricket or read the rules they would stop overhyping their school level team. Don't worry man we will take your work forward and thrash them like you have been doing. couple of less than 100 team score on the cards against our bowlers. LOL

  • Harmony111 on December 3, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Messa1:

    Do you watch any real cricket and know the rules?

    1. The official rules are that the boundaries have to be within 60-82 mtrs.

    2. Nagpur, where India won chasing 350, has 80 mtr boundaries, almost as large as the MCG's (@82 mtrs) , the biggest ground in the world. Basis: 2 81 mtr 6s of Rohit landed right behind the ropes here.

    3. Bengaluru had 76 mtrs boundaries, no way close to 60 mtrs that you lied about in your comment. Basis: A few of Rohit's 6s landed about 3 mtrs behind the ropes and were measured to be 79-80 mtrs. 76 mtrs is still quite large & is on the higher side.

    4. The last SA-Pak ODI series was the one that was played in really tiny grounds. The square boundaries in the 2nd & 3rd ODIs were really tiny and seemed to be right at 60 mtrs, barely legal.

    5. Boundary at 100 mtrs? Read the rules before making such funny comments.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 3, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @San-Gak-Kar. Whats the average of Sangakkara in SA,Eng and Aus (tough teams in away matches)? And compare it with Sachin, Dravid and VVS. And come up with excuses.Fans praised about his double tons, but interestingly he never scored a double abroad against those 3 teams!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    @Messa1. Australia using the same B team for ODIs now a days.lol.Even if they use a B team, that shows the strength unlike SL who field all seniors against a weak NZ team at home( and still lost!). During the test series in SL, BD piled up runs against SL. Even their batsmen crossed 200. Is it quality of the batsmen? or the grounds where short?

  • Messa1 on December 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully remember ur Indian team scored 300+ in Ind cas 1) u played against Aus B team 2) the boundary lines were less than 60m long which even a under 15 club cricketer can clear. So tell ur Indian team to gather all the white flags and bow in front of steyn & co and surrender now cas the pitches are fast+bouncy and the boundary line is 100+m!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 3, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    @Udendra. Funny you are unable to mention about batsmen in both teams. That will be the reason for not having a 300+ score.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 3, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    he he this conversation is going on not SL VS PAK. it's PAK VS Sanga. but bitter truth is Sanga have been struggling against IND,PAK recent years.but he success against WI,END,SA,AUS,NZ. becoz last 4 teams not regularly played against SL.but ind and pak regularly playing with SL and they definitely know Sanga's mistakes. he played IPL last few years and most PAK played lot of maches with him. eg:Misbah,Afridi,Hafez,Ajmal last time Misbah played with Sanga in CLTT20.in that Misbah won. so if SL want to win they should come with new batsmen like Kusal,Ashen,Kithruwan they might know chani's and thiri's weaknesses Dilshan is declining rapidly now he is more defensive player than aggressive. current ODI SR 70% T20 110% earlier ODI-90%+ T20 130%+ if SL want to 2 win they have to do complete change of their batting line with adding new comers

  • Yuosufahmed on December 3, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @ Arun Bose: Here are the averages for Sanga and Sachin in Aus as you wanted a comparison.

    Sanga: Tests: 60.33 ODI: 40.59 Sachin: Tests: 53.20 ODI: 34.67

    Sorry mate, still Sanga is ahead. Try to find another way of comparison to demean Sanga. But before you ask, Sachin is ahead of Sanga in SA based on their averages. I must say both are greats in cricket. So, just prevent from comparing players with a view to downgrade the players.

  • Yuosufahmed on December 3, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    @ Arun Bose: Here are the averages for Sanga and Sachin in Aus as you wanted a comparison. Sorry mate, still Sanga is ahead. Try to find another way of comparison to demean Sanga. But before you ask, Sachin is ahead of Sanga in SA based on their averages. Sanga: Tests: 60.33 ODI: 40.59 Sachin: Tests: 53.20 ODI: 34.67

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 3, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Imsrk aka (Iam Shah rukh Khan) Mister sanga was the leading run scorer in the odis and he has a very good record vs Sa.

  • Sunny_Shine on December 2, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Well, isnt it wonderful, how a common enemy(India) can bring two nations(fans) really close to each other, Anyway goodluck to both teams for the series!! :)

  • on December 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell I just hope that Steyn-Gun is 200% fit and destroys the Indians... Will be cheering for SA... I wish they beat them 2-0 in test and 3-0 in ODI's.... Lets cheer for SA.....

  • on December 2, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    zimbabwe are the best Asian team! Habibul Bashar is the greatest Asian batsman ever! vrnkapathy Raju was the greatest bowler from Asia and Anil Kumble the best ever all rounder

  • yorkslanka on December 2, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    this really will be a difficult series for us..Pakistan always have had and still currently have a fantastic batch of fast bowlers and Ajmal will be a handful too..i cant see us winning the series but hopefully we will compete...good luck to Sri Lanka but Pakistan are our brothers in terms of cricket so if we cant win then no problem if they do...

  • Albert_cambell on December 2, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    This series will be exciting to watch when considering the fact that we will be whitewashing India in SA. As a neutral fan, I would say Pakistan have the edge in the ODI series as they are high on confident after beating us in SA. They faced world class bowlers in tough conditions. So they will find it easy against SL bowlers. But you cant take them lightly. When you take their bowlers lightly, the will surprise you(Eg. Brisbane ODI in Aus, Test match win against us in SA). For the test series, I cant really tell who is going to win it. SL has two world class batsmen Sangakara and Jeyawardena. But Pak have a top class bowling attack to counter them. They have a world class spin and seam attack( 2nd best bowling attack in the world after our protea bowling attack). Pakistans batting is over dependent on Misbah and Younis. So the series will be decided on how the young players of both teams perform. Anyways I am supporting Pakistan as they are my favourite team from the subcontinent.

  • sherishahmir on December 2, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    We Pakistani are sincerely thankful for Sri Lanka cricket board their players and countrymen's for supporting and showing true cricket spirit by playing against Pakistan regularly even on neutral venues. Indian board should also think about it to play bilateral series against Pakistan in UAE, as a huge number of Indians are also staying in UAE and Gulf countries and both countries people will enjoy the game between the arch rivals too. Upcoming series is expected to be exciting one as both teams got good players, Sri Lanka would mainly rely on Sanga, Dilshan, Mattews, Herath, Malinga etc and Pak would rely on Misbah, Younis, Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan. Hope to have a good series.

  • on December 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara averages a splendid 86 in UAE Test matches. He has played the Australian fast bowlers quite well as far as averaging over 60 in their backyard. He would certainly love to face the challenge of promising Pakistani fast bowlers like Junaid Khan and co. Ajmal would play a vital role in the Test series and if he does well it would tilt the series in favour of Pakistan. Overall, the teams are looking to grab some momentum with the new faces in the squad and it is all about sustaining the pressure and performing at the grand level. The senior pros should help the youngsters to get through the tentative phases of their career and let the national side fall into good hands.

  • Udendra on December 2, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    This series is going to be a cracker unlike the ones recently in India. Simply because UAE has bigger grounds and Both teams have good bowling attacks.

  • on December 2, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela not match winners.They are just defensive batsman. Dilshan has the match wining capabilities. Here are the statics,

    Most player of the Match AWARDS.... Jayasuriya 48, Aravinda 30, Arjuna 24, Sangakkara 23, Atapaththu 20 Mahela 19, Dilshan 18

    Most player-of-the-series awards ..... Jayasuriya 11,Dilshan 5, Sangakkara 5,Athapathu 4, Mahela 4,Aravinda3

    Most Centuries,... Jayasuriya 28, Dilshan 17, Sangakkara 16 ,Mahela 16 , Tharanga 13 , Aravinda 11, Athapaththu 11,

    Decide your self...

  • diyagama on December 2, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    I totally agree with Ford, this is going to be a very challenging series. Pakistan is quite used to the conditions there. Last time when we played there, I remember that we lost the series, this time going to be no difference. Hope Sanga make couple of centuries.

  • warneneverchuck on December 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Sa tour to sl was cancelled in ordrr to avoid sangga's average getting dropped significantly

  • on December 2, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka us no doubt a good team with the likes of Sangakarra and Herath. Other than those two, the others won't be a threat at all to Pakistan. Players to watch out for: Sohaib Maqsood(impressive), Mohammed Hafeez(good record against SL), Ahmed Shehzad(in top form), Misbah Ul Haq(words can't describe), Umar Akmal(good form), Saeed Ajmal, Afridi(bowling+good batting record in UAE). Either team can whitewash the other. Malinga is a good bowler but Umar Akmal like Virat Kohli has a good record against him and can read him well. Pakistan will be playing at their second home. Nuwan Kulasekara will be deadly with the new ball but if Batsmen don't give their wickets then Pak can attak bowlers Perera, maybe Mathews, Prasanna. It would be good if they rotate the strike especially against Herath to make sure he doesn't stop the run flow and should get the odd boundary. My team: Shehzad, Hafeez, Maqsood, U.Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, Bhatti, A.Ali, U.Gul, Ajmal, J.Khan. Bench strength: Amin, etc.

  • warneneverchuck on December 2, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Whether india loose against sa or not one thing is sure sl will be smashed by Indians wherever and whenever possible they play

  • on December 2, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Dear Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist & Arun Bose Perhaps you boys forget the hopeless H2H record India has against Pak in Tests and ODI so you can only hide behind your selective stats for WC matches. Please also kindly remind cricinfo of the series last year in your backyard where BCCI put presure on PCB to avoid a 3-0 whitewash hence we had to show mercy and let you win the last match otherwise there would be no chance that India would ever play Pak again. India is very shy to play a tests series in UAE after we whitewashed Eng 3-0 and they beat you at home, its totally understandable. Forget rankings and forget if Pak have lost great bowlers to spot fixing and forget if Pak dont play matches at home they are always stiff opposition for flat track bullies like India. I expect India to lose ODI series by 2-1 and test series will be 2-0 to SA

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @Blade-Runner, a fan of a team that considers a bloke with 33 career average in ODIs after toiling for an entire life-time as a 'legend', how would you understand what is meant by Legendary? Oh yes, I'm talking of the ultimate flat track bully Mahela. It isn't hard to become a 'legend' in Sri Lanja. Is it? Sorry for you dude. Get well soon. Kohli's selective poor average of 31 against Sri Lanka in 2013 is almost close to the 'legendary' career average of 33 by the Legendary flat track bully Mahela.

  • Falew on December 2, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Really looking forward to see the clash between SL vs Pakistan.It's gonna be the Sanga's show indeed since Sanga's favorite team is Pakistan and Sang's current form is unstoppable.It's rediculous to see some fans call SL seniors are deteriorating,Huh then he is not a actually cricket follower and he has been watching cricket since a few months ago.Actually Pakistan rely heavily on their bowling attack but Pakistan bowlers always struggle when they come to the SL batsman's attack.I can still remember both Sanga and Dilly hit all around the park to Ajmal at last series,The old one Misbah is the only hope for Pakistan but is will be tough ask for him as well.It will be a clash between SL vs Mibah for sure.

  • warneneverchuck on December 2, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @ htc android your argument that sanga wil play more matches outside and wil improve overseas record has no logic at all. Sachin went to his first aus tour at 18 years of age and scored two centuries including perth ton againt very fine attack went to eng at 18 scored centuries without any experience of playing ther before.

  • on December 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @ Arun thanks .. well Im not a Sanga fan I just want to see the stats :D I should not comment on batsmen coz Im always a bowling fan. I hard watch cricket for any batsman it is just the fast bowlers who attract me to the TV screen :D

  • on December 2, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    @Siyambala- It's easy to criticise Indian cricketers but hard to back ur claims as stats never lie.. You are frustrated cz ur team doesn't do well anywhere let it be home or away.. And yes, Eng, Aus, SA are green track bullies.. And yes, other than India all other asian teams are minnows.. India features in top three in all formats..No.1 in ODIs, No.2 in Tests and T20s..Whereas SL is just No.1 T20s cz India doesn't play International T20 much as SL does.. Facts are always bitter to digest.. Pakistan is no.4 in tests and no.6 in ODIs..SL is no. 4 in ODIs and no.5 or 6 in Tests. . BD is at the bottom in rankings in all formats..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @alipk, the grand daddy of all ODI matches is World Cup. What's your pakistan's score-line against India dude in World Cups? Please remind me. I'm waiting. How many times were you guys sent out of World Cups dude due to India? Just remind me please. I'm waiting ( O _ O )!

  • on December 2, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @Piirate Kaptan- Let's just take Australia as Australia is the toughest place to bat for sub-continental batsmen.. Sachin has over 1800 runs against Australia in Australia..Over seven centuries in Australia.. including a double century when he was out of form in Sydney.. Now you give me the stats of Sanga in Australia.. Let's see who's great and who's good.. Ok..

  • Htc-Android on December 2, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @Arun Bose. Sanga played 32 tests in overseas ground. on the hand sachin played over 20 tests in Australia itself. Sachin played more than double the amount of test matches than sanga played in overseas conditions. Thats only reason why Sachin has better record than Sanga in foreign conditions. The more you play, the better you get. Sanga will get better and better when plays more games in foreign conditions.

  • Messa1 on December 2, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Sachin is a great player but at the same time Sanga is one of the greatest cricketers who is still in the game in highest foam

  • Siyambala on December 2, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    um here is a thought. Can we all(Pak fans, SL fans, BD fans any other fans from other countries) agree and say that Indian team is the best team in the world and all the other teams are minnows, and Indian bowlers are the best, their batsmen are the best in the world, they can score runs any where in the world, they are unbeatable, and also they will be unbeaten world champions? also don't forget to mention that sangakkara and all SL batsmen are flat track bullies and Pakistani team has never beaten India, and batsmen from Aus team,NZ team,ENG team, SA team are all green track bullies. WI batsmen are sloggers. BDs are still minnows but they have managed to beat SL not India. I want this arguing to stop. I'm really tired of reading irrelevant arguments.

  • on December 2, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    @ Arun, no offense as you mention out of india. can we get the figure that shows out side asia??? Sachin is a class im not raising finger at him, but you put the stat lets have a look on that too .....

  • Messa1 on December 2, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    @Arun Bose this is a series between SL vs PAK NOT a series involving Ind. Let's see how ur team get owned in SA

  • on December 2, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @ThilankaK- It's Bradman not Bradmen.. Go and check Wisden's website who's the next best test batsman after Donald Bradman.. Sangakkara is a flat track bully and the most overrated batsman..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 2, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Here comes the white flag as one SL fan mentioned. Funny to see that SL do not have anyone to look beyond a flat track bully like sangakkara. Srilankan Bradman (lol) will score double century in turning tracks and fan will hail as it is an 'away' tour. I request all SL fans to look at their test rankings before commenting like it will be one sided. Based on Pakistan's recent performance, SL can't hope for an ODI win either. Forget about T20 as any team can win it.

  • Sinhabahu on December 2, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Why am I not surprised that this article about Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been overtaken by Indian fans going off at a tangent?

    Anyway, this should be a good series. Pak is in good form and it's high time our young batsmen got a proper test away from home.

  • King_Ravanaa on December 2, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    one should understand why Indian fans coming here in between a series of SL & Pak, but when they started to getting tharshed in SA in on coming tests and ODI it will be fun to watch one club level bowlers of India and less technical Batsmans getting hammered lol

  • ThilankaK on December 2, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @ Sureshkumar Sivanesan; Oh man ! what a u saying ? we are talking about test matches , only test can see the batsmen talent, in ODI pinch hitters are more successful than batsmen like dhawan,raina,rohit,dhoni , only pujara & kohli are the good test players but only Indian soil (flat track kings), can we decide a batsmen quality of 50 overs or 20's ? no way man (but sanga 4th in ICC ODI ranking list, lol) sanga still played half of sachin's career but record suggest , sanga is the best test batsmen after Donald Bradmen !

  • on December 2, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    this would be a absorbing contest between the subcontinent teams. it is always interesting to watch the batting of sanga and dilshan. pak batting now has no idol and very average performers, in concrn of bowling they are still comparable to no-1 in the world. I do think pak is going on without future plan to face next world cup in NZ and Aus. They do not try to build a strong team rather frequently reshapes the team combination. every cricketer has his lean period, but pak authority does not bother the fact but showing impatience on the best performers. observe the changes they have made during last couple of years, it is easily proved that they are impatience. pak team still could not regrouped as a team to face the top class team. the recent results did not show the smooth passage of a team to dominate the world of cricket. It can be called the performance of mediocre. which mostly came from immense contribution of the bowlers.

  • alipk52 on December 2, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist your comments suggest you are not a cricket lover, instead you're trying to share what is in your heart, a team who defeated "WORLD CHAMPIONS" India at their own soil where they think they are unbeatable side, is really a minow for you? I can understand how badly Indian fan's ego hurted when not others but Pakistan defeated them quite convicingly at their home, the new lad Junnaid khan forced the top names in India batting line-up to smell dust, are they still a minow for you? get your facts right, applaud cricket, and those who're better side in Asia like Pakistan & Sri Lanka, deserve all kind of Applaud for their uncountable achievement in world cricket. Because they never lose series that badly outside Asia like 4-0 to england in England & to Australia 4-0 in Australia.

  • on December 2, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Bladerunners- Can you specify the name of that BD player? And Pujara's Average is the best at the moment after scoring 1000+ runs in test cricket..That BD player hasn't scored 1000 runs yet so his average doesn't count.. Really, You need to follow cricket more.. It's a beautiful game and the most statistical one than of all other team games.. Pujara's average is the best after DON..

  • on December 2, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    It will be a tough competition between both teams, they are almost balanced sides in comparison to each other. Pakistan have played more in recent days and have more idea about the UAE pitches, but we know we Pakistanis are good in showing surprise performances :) Some close finishes I expect in the series for all 3 formats.

  • Bladerunners on December 2, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    @Arun bose,the highest avr: at the momentt is 83.40 from a Bangladeshi player.so he is better than STC nd sanga right?nd@imsrk ,sanga is better than those players.he is one of the legend.

  • CricIndia208 on December 2, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Pakistan's losing run, which started when champions trophy winners India defeated them in the first round of that tournament, still continues. They have lost to Zimbabwe, West Indies and to South Africa. But Sri Lanka should not be much of a challenge.

  • on December 2, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Pakistan is in best position to wrap the series because they had enough match practices with TOP-CLASS South-Africa. Good Luck Pakistan.

  • on December 2, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Wait till the end of the career of Sanga to see what's his average. Even Sachin's avg was 57+ 2 years back. If he has more double centuries, that doesn't mean he's the best batsmen.. If that's the case he has lesser hundreds than great players like Ponting, Kallis, Sachin...., much lesser avg in ODIs than many other avg players... So, can i say he's worse as an overall batsmen.. Take all the factors and then make the comparison..

  • on December 2, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    This discussion is about Pakistan and Sri Lanka, why are we gate crashing Sachin and Pujara into this?....Pakistan are a world class team no doubt, they just need to get their act together, their batting line up with the inclusion of Anwar and Bilawal has strengthened their lower middle order to a certain extent. However, the top order needs to perform in the shorter formats, and the middle and the new lower middle order needs to back up and help chase down the targets in either innings...thats all, and the bowling is good enough to bowl out the lankans hopefully....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 2, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    I too think that this will be a hard fought series as these two minnows are evenly matched. It's going to be such a bore to watch minnows like pakistan and Sri Lanja.

  • NIPPY_89 on December 1, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Looking forward to this series. Teams are evenly matched. Cant really make predictions.

  • Sir_Ivor on December 1, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka will do very well against Pakistan. It is a series worth waiting for

  • on December 1, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    I think sangakara and kallis also r the best players in tests.....as far as tendulkar is concerned i think he was a brilliant ODI batsmen but in test he is behind sanga and kallis.

  • warneneverchuck on December 1, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I think sl better of playing against other ninnows like BD wher they might win

  • ThilankaK on December 1, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @ Cricket_Only ; why mate u also had Inzy & Anwer , we enjoyed see Inzy batting a lot !

  • warneneverchuck on December 1, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    How many great bowlers and former greats have said sanga is best ever they have seen or bowl to. I think no one bcoz he is just a good player. Modern players like amla abd kp cook r far better than him

  • Cricket_Only on December 1, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan and have always loved watching Sachin and Sangakkara play, be it against Pakistan or any other team. They both are legends and their name will live forever. Indians and Sri Lankans are lucky to have player of this caliber

  • warneneverchuck on December 1, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Sl will be thrashed pak which is far better than SL. Sl batsman can score only on flat pitches against medicore indian bowlers only but stil they cant win

  • ThilankaK on December 1, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @ Arun Bose ; OK I went through the cricinfo career site ,yes sachin got 6 double but sanga not 7 It's 8 mate with 199 not out , I don't understand where you get all this bogus facts. so sorry Yaar! Sanga is the best !

  • Blade-Runner on December 1, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    @Mr.Arun Bose ; I think that "tearisle" has given you a very informative answer. So, I'm not gonna explain it you further. We're talking about Cricketing legends who have scored 10000+ test runs not some new players. Sanga has the best average among the top batsmen in the world. As a specialist batsman , he averages 68.00+. In winning matches, he averages 77.00. He is also the fastest batsman to get 10000 runs , having kept wkts half of his career. That's why he is the best EVER !!

  • Cric_fever_forever on December 1, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    i just hope pitches are good for batting. not on slow side which we saw 2months ago. any way when are bolwers are finally done with ab the super man the legend in making in comes sirlanka and sanga another legend who loves to stick around aginst pak when others are falling around. i just hope this time he shows more friendly gestures to us. lol..... best of luck.

  • on December 1, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    PAK should include fawad alam, hammad azam, umer gul,in odi and umer gul rahat ali, fawad alam in test.

  • Blade-Runner on December 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Sangakkara has scored 8 "EIGHT" double centuries. 230, 270, 232, 287, 200*, 222*, 219, 211

    And 6 "SIX"150+ innings - 192, 199* , 152, 192, 156*, 157*. He is one double century behind Lara and 4 behind Bradman.

  • tearisle on December 1, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Mr.Arun Bose, well, so what you are trying to say is that pujara whose batting average is 65.62 is better than sachin, since sachins batting average 53.78. My friend you are deluded. Thilan samaraweera after 16 tests had an average of almost a hundred so what are were we thinking then, that he was better than the don, sachin and sanga, dont jump the gun lets wait for sometime and check his away performances out and his average after 50 tests. Sangas achievements to widen your intellectual horizon. ICC ODI Player of the Year 2011

    Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2012

    Wisden Leading Cricketer, 2012

    LG People's Choice Award 2011, 2012

    ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2012

    ICC Cricketer of the Year 2012 Well if he is not the best i wonder who is.

  • on December 1, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @ThilankaK- Sangakkara has 7 double centuries and Sachin has 6 double centuries.. Please refer any cricket forum first or wikipedia before commenting here..

  • on December 1, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    If ajmal and coy are going to cause peoblems to sri lankans so will herath and other spinners. Pakistan has a bad record against herath. As far as fast bowling is concerned pakistan has the edge. In batting Sri lanka has better resource. In short the team with better nerves will be the winner in tests and one day.

  • on December 1, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    @ThilankaK- Tell that to Sangakkara and you will receive a mouthful from him.. Even he considers Sachin the best ever after Don..

  • ThilankaK on December 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Why should Sanga retire from test ? look his 13 years career he had 33 centuries with 6 double centuries & 42 half centuries, compare to sachin for 24 years he scored only 51 centuries & 68 half with 4 double , and SL not played any test in this year so It's mean sanga played half of sachin but compare the figures , I think Sanga is the best ! Sanga is the God of cricket !!!

  • on December 1, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    @Blade_Runner- The highest batting average in test in world cricket is of Pujara's- 65.62.. It's the best average after Bradman's 99.94.. I don't understand where you get all this bogus facts..

  • Sinhaya on December 1, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Lot of non Lankans commenting here have unfortunately forgotten that Sachithra Senanayake was our man of the match in our the last ODI SL played which was agaiinst NZ and that Kushal Perera was the man of the match in the last T20 against NZ. So there is hope for sure. Yes but more is needed from them and this tour presents a great opportunity. I know Ahmed Shezad and Maqsood etc will be major batting hopes for Pakistan. I hope Misbah too will score as he is my all time favorite Pakistani cricketer.

  • Bladerunners on December 1, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Srilankan newcomers will enjoy this series.pak bowling is good but not great.srilanka has more succees than pak this year.though srilanka have upper hand i would like them to take this series seriously.it should be a one sided affair in limitted overs match but it will be even in tests for srilanka.

  • kc69 on December 1, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Frankly speaking its a series between two contrasting sides where on one end youngsters are bringing life to its team and on the other its only seniors who keepbtheir teams chances.However Pakistan has better chaces where their good bowlers have a simple task of getting Sanga out to win any match.However I feel Malinga will bring something for SL fams to cheer.Best of luck to SL and all the best to Pakistan.

  • on December 1, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Pakistan may have an inconsistent batting line-up, but with the inclusion of youngsters it can only get better, along with our fielding Inshallah. Hopefully, this series comes out to be another cracker, can't wait. Good luck to both the teams.

  • Crick_Expert on December 1, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    SL players are very popular in PAK, specially PAK cricket fans will miss Mahela J. Good Luck to both teams.

  • Yuosufahmed on December 1, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome: There should be a good contest between equally dominant teams with Pak slightly ahead. It is unfair from Sanga to expect retire as he is still increasingly dominating in his career. See his recent stats in cricinfo. Even your Sachin played for couple of years just as a passenger in Ind team.

  • Blade-Runner on December 1, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    There is nobody who can stop Sanga. That's why he is the best batsman in the world with the highest test avg of 56.98. He scored another rapid fire century for his local team, Nondescript a few hours ago (courtesy of cricinfo). :)

  • on December 1, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    the difference between sri lanka and pakistan, sri lanka got far better batting and fielding side than pakistan and pakistan got far better bowling side than sri lanka

  • heartbreakerz on December 1, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Pakistan should not find beating Lanka too hard. After facing the likes of Steyn, Philander, Morkel for most this year Pak batsmen will find the Lankan bowlers a lot easier n we all know that Pak bowlers always perform no matter whom they face...So if Pak can keep Sanga n Herath under control, they will win.

  • on December 1, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    SL heavily depends on Sanga. Who else can put up big scores in SL side? If Sanga can hit a purple patch SL can win. If Sanga has a bad series, SL will loose big. Also SL test bowling is not that great. Other than Herath there is no one who can take test wirckets. ODIs and T20s I think SL has the edge. Tests - Pak win ODIs and T20s - SL win

  • King_Ravanaa on December 1, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    i think Pakistanis and Pakistani fans were newer saw how Kusal Janith Perera batting when he is in full swing, he'll give memories again of Great Sanath Jayasuriya once he begin to bat in this series..

    Mark my word guys, Kusal will put his Name in the world of Cricket in this tour

  • likeintcricket on December 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Pakistan needs to tame Sanga this time to win. He is very good against Pak but Irfan's high bounce will give him trouble this time. SA's bowling was much stronger than SL and Pak batsman will fare better. I think Pakistan is able to repeat it's performance as they are in form. Srilankan don't have Stein to get 20 Pak wickets in Test.

  • on December 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    If lankans can bat well on these soils i bet lankan boys hav a chance of winning the series with ease and there for pakistans batting over the years has failed where has lankans boys hav shown some decent respect. Misbah is the main gun and i think, that won't b a X fac for the boys. Lanka should heavily concentrate on their batting than bowling playing against pakistan.

  • hamza893 on December 1, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Last time when both teams met in UAE ,Sangakara escaped them from test loses.I predict a 3-0 white wash by Pakistan.Reasons are the followings:

    1-Saeed Ajmal has improved 50% after that series and now it will be a tough exam for SL batsmen. 2-Muhammad Irfan ,the tallest cricketer ever,he will be the backbone of fast bowling along with Junaid. 3-Youngster like Sohaib,Haris,Umar popping in that might give confidence to the batting. 4-Psycological pressure as Pakistan recently won SA series in SA and whitewash ENG and drawn SA in the last two series.

    For ODI's 4-1 Pakistan ,T-20 2-0 Paksitan.

  • Abdul_Rehman_Shakir on December 1, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    It will be nice to see Sangakara vs Irfan.

  • Blade-Runner on December 1, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I think Pakistan have got a very tough series ahead of 'em. They simply depend on one man, Misbah. Beside Misbah, there is no one who can build a big innings. On the other hand, Sri Lanka are packed with in-form batsmen. Dilshan, Kusal , Sanga, Mathews all are in red hot form and will dominate Pak bowlers in ODI's n T20's. For test series, Sri Lanka have got Sanga, Mahela, Kaushal Silva, Mathews, Thirimanne, Chandimal n so on. All are awesome test players. Pakistan may hold a slight edge over SL bowling attack. But SL batsmen are so good at playing spin unlike Saffers. So, I dont think that Ajmal will pose mush of a threat. So, Sri Lanka are clearly favorites to win all 3 series as following, T20 - 2-0 , ODI 3-2 and Test 1-0 in favor of Sri Lanka. I hope Sanga will make it up for those 2 double centuries he missed out last time when he played against Pakistan.

    Anyway, expecting for a cracking series.

  • pakfanfromnepal on December 1, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Yes..PAK have played more cricket recently but it is with same apponent i.e. SA. At UAE i personally think SL is better suited than SA but SL heavily depends on Sanga, Dilsan and Jayawardena (not in the sideside) and Malinga. So PAK is bit favourite. However their inconsistency is a major problem. I hope this time PAK will come more focused and become bit consistent. And for this team selection becomes vital. Best players must be give chances. Without irfan PAK pace department looks weak so he needs to be added so as U Gul (for ODI and T20).Junail, Irfan, Bhatti and Gul would be good pace attack. Time to rest Jamsade, U Amin, S Tanvir,A shafiq (for T20 and ODI) and Hafeez (if plays down at 6 ..ok) and select Shreejal Khan, F Alam, Haris Sohil, Z babar and Raza Hasan. I would also like to see Khurram Mansoor in ODIs. For T20 and ODIs In: Shreejal Khan, F Alam, Haris Sohil, K. Mansoor, J Babar, U Gul, M Irfan, R Hasan Out: S Tanvir, U Amin, A Shafiq, M Hafeez, A Rahman

  • on December 1, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I think Pakistan will win. I am saying this being a neutral. Don't get me wrong SL is a very good team but they lack match practice & Pakistan on the other hand has proved themselves in the recently concluded series that they are close to being No. 1 if not there. Pakistan has got some brilliant fielders, there lower order has been strengthened by 2 all rounders, they are the best spin bowling attack in the world and have world class fast bowlers in the shape on Junaid Khan, Muhammad Irfan, Umer Gull, Aizaz Cheema, Ehsan Adil, Anwar Ali, Bhatti & many more sitting there and waiting for their turns. They have the best middle order Batsman in the world at the moment in the form of Misbah ul Haq. They can use Younis Khan, I think I need not to say much more about him, every body knows. They have a recently very well established opener like Ahmed Shehzad. A keeper in the form of Umer Akmal, he is brilliant as a player and as a team man. Plus a few youngsters in the batting order.Wld do gd!

  • Jda123 on December 1, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Tough series - I expect a 2-0 win to SL for T20

    3-2 ODI Pak

    1 W 1 L 1 Draw - so a drawn series for the Test

  • on December 1, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka my favorite after Pakistan should take the initiative to play in Pakistan, will help them to groom their younger players, because of the similarity in the SL & PAK weather conditions....

  • on December 1, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    SL cricket should take responsebility to lack of test match that Sl played this year.

  • Bladerunners on December 1, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Once again our batting is depended on sanga heavilly.dilshan is retired from test which is a good oppertunity for some youngsters.other than ajmal pak bowling isnt non medicore.srilanka should win 5-0,2-0,3-0in all formats

  • Blade-Runner on December 1, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Sangakkara is set to play against his favorite opponents. He has played 16 matches against Pakistan and amassed 2320 runs, averaging a staggering figure of 89.23, including 9 centuries- (230, 138, 185, 104, 130*, 211, 144, 199*, 192).

    He averages 86.87 in Pakistan , 92.41 in Sri Lanka and 86.00 in UAE ,against Pakistan. It shows that his performance doesn't have any bearing on the venue.

    I remember, once Misbah called him "Sri Lankan Bradman".

    Anyway Its gonna be a fun series as always. Both SL n PAK fans respect each other and Its more of a friendly series. Can't wait to till 11th of Dec. G;luck to both teams. GO SRI LANKA !!!!

  • humi_cric on December 1, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome, Brother, don't underestimate the SL team. Although, I also want to see Pak winning the series but SL is also very good team, so not expecting whitewash. You are expecting too much from our Pakistani team,5-0 in ODIagainst any team is really a tough ask for our guys, as they have the beautiful habit to play extremely bad after 2 or 3 matches (lack of consistency). Recent series against Zimbabwe and WI is a good example of their inconsistency. For consistency, our team need a professional sport psychologist and a batting coach (Zaheer Abbas would be Ideal for batting coach).

  • MaksoodChaiwalla on December 1, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Test team: Khurram Manzoor, Ahmed Shehzaad, Yunus Khan, Azhar Ali, Misbah Ul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Anwar Ali, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammed Irfan / Junaid Khan.

    ODI Team: Mohammed Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzaad, Yunus Khan, Shohaib Maqsood, Misbah Ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

  • jimbond on December 1, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    If Pakistan's batsman play their roles, this series is going to be very one sided- SL is slightly weak at this moment. It will also be interesting to see how the Pak batsmen tackle Herath.

  • hunain94 on December 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    it will be battle of asian giants i think both will struggle against each other spin attack ajmal babar rehman vs herath mendis etc

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 1, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome: Sanga and Dilshan with their unstoppable form and Sanga's Brialliant record vs Pak, you are saying Senior batsmen are deteriorating???. With mahela out i am sure our young batsmen will get more chances.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Not that tough, not easy either . Both teams r equal

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan and Sri lanka has played a lot of games togather and everytime they looked equal sides and the team better on the field wins. Both of them are looking to composite a better squad mixing youngsters and experienced players. As for as Pakistan is concerned I think Hafeez must be given a chance to show his worth and his exclusion from the squad after a long period will not be good for the team but Nasir Jamshaid and Sohail must be dropped. The main strength of any good team is middle order and there must be some big hitters having strike rate above 100, Umar Akmal and Afridi suited for that position. My playing eleven would be 1. Shahzad 2. Hafeez 3. Sohaib 4. Misbah 5. Umar 6. Afridi 7. Bilawal 8. Anwar 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid.. Looking at 2015 worldcup Bilawal and Anwar should be given fair chances to strenghthen the side with quality all rounders. Best Wishes to the Team Pakistan and hoping forward to see exciting matches

  • Sinhaya on December 1, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Pakistan no doubt has some superb bowlers but their fielding and batting is inconsistent. Sri Lanka no doubt has some good batsmen but the youngsters must perform. Kushal Perera must reduce his non stop hitting mentality and try to be more patient. Senanayake no doubt will be our match winner if at all. No doubt the series will be exciting and looking forward to it.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Pak fans keep your hopes high. We Lions are gonna make you disappointed... we saw what happened in the last ODI against Proteas. too much over confidence is bad. pitch and other conditions are similar to SL. so yes it's an Evenly challenged tour for both teams. As for playing our seniors. Well too bad you don't have a Trio like Dilly, Sanga n Mahela...Good that you at least have Misbah... but mind you he's also older than our 3 Seniors. better put your thinking caps on & find some good players...Waiting for a good challenge. All the best Lions.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on December 1, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @ Mansoor Rafique, I agree with u. We should be able to whitewash SL in ODI and test 5-0 & 3-0 respectively. Lanka may be able to pull one T20 if they are lucky. Present SL team is lacking younger talent. The recent NZ tour has shown this in which rain and luck came for Lankan rescue. They are heavily relying on senior. But these days the seniors are deteriorating as well. On the other hand the PAK is full of talent with good mix of younger blood and experience. The comment from SL coach shows they have surrendered much before even start of the series.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Personally I think trying out there squad in the last ODI was a good move by Pakistan. It dealt tested their bench strength and will hopefully be a lesson for them to see which players should be selected for the next squad. Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanvir should obviously be dropped and replaced. Looking forward to a good series against Sri Lanka.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    This will be a interesitng series as both teams are evenly matched, although Pakistan has a slightly touch advantage. I hope both teams put their best. Please now take out Nasir Jamshed and replace him with Umar Amin as an opener. Pakistani batsmen should also rotate the strike which would help them achieve big totals to defend or chase a target. Younis Khan is a class batsmen with elegance in his shots and has the best technique among the current team of Pak. His presence will aid batsmen and could help youngsters too. Please keep Hafeez at opener position to let him play his natural game, he should be selected ahead of Amin as he rotates strike more.Umar Akmal should be promoted to No.4 if Younis will not play and Maqsood is at No.3. My team combnation would be 1. A.Shehzad 2.Hafeez 3.Maqsood 4.Umar Akmal 5. Misbah 6.Shahid Afridi 7 . Bilawal Bhatti 8.Anwar Ali 9.Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Junaid Khan and 12th man would be Umar Amin. I would keep Afridi and Hafeez, Bowling.

  • saketh1992 on December 1, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    For How many Days they persist with Dilshan,Sanga ?? The time is running out !! Look at other teams they are nurturing the young lads where as SL still with those 3 players !! One thing to cheer is Mahela not in the Squad.Atleast, another player gets a chance ahead of him. Dilshan n sanga both shouldn't feature in 11 they should be rotated !! As the conditions are similar to the Home atleast the other players get used at the international stage

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    pakistan and srilanka are equall teams.its hard to tell who has upper hand.waiting for game

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    i think this series will be good one and surely pak hav upper hand................. i hope that pak will give chances to some new talents.

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  • on December 1, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    i think this series will be good one and surely pak hav upper hand................. i hope that pak will give chances to some new talents.

  • on December 1, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    pakistan and srilanka are equall teams.its hard to tell who has upper hand.waiting for game

  • saketh1992 on December 1, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    For How many Days they persist with Dilshan,Sanga ?? The time is running out !! Look at other teams they are nurturing the young lads where as SL still with those 3 players !! One thing to cheer is Mahela not in the Squad.Atleast, another player gets a chance ahead of him. Dilshan n sanga both shouldn't feature in 11 they should be rotated !! As the conditions are similar to the Home atleast the other players get used at the international stage

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    This will be a interesitng series as both teams are evenly matched, although Pakistan has a slightly touch advantage. I hope both teams put their best. Please now take out Nasir Jamshed and replace him with Umar Amin as an opener. Pakistani batsmen should also rotate the strike which would help them achieve big totals to defend or chase a target. Younis Khan is a class batsmen with elegance in his shots and has the best technique among the current team of Pak. His presence will aid batsmen and could help youngsters too. Please keep Hafeez at opener position to let him play his natural game, he should be selected ahead of Amin as he rotates strike more.Umar Akmal should be promoted to No.4 if Younis will not play and Maqsood is at No.3. My team combnation would be 1. A.Shehzad 2.Hafeez 3.Maqsood 4.Umar Akmal 5. Misbah 6.Shahid Afridi 7 . Bilawal Bhatti 8.Anwar Ali 9.Umar Gul 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Junaid Khan and 12th man would be Umar Amin. I would keep Afridi and Hafeez, Bowling.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Personally I think trying out there squad in the last ODI was a good move by Pakistan. It dealt tested their bench strength and will hopefully be a lesson for them to see which players should be selected for the next squad. Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanvir should obviously be dropped and replaced. Looking forward to a good series against Sri Lanka.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on December 1, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @ Mansoor Rafique, I agree with u. We should be able to whitewash SL in ODI and test 5-0 & 3-0 respectively. Lanka may be able to pull one T20 if they are lucky. Present SL team is lacking younger talent. The recent NZ tour has shown this in which rain and luck came for Lankan rescue. They are heavily relying on senior. But these days the seniors are deteriorating as well. On the other hand the PAK is full of talent with good mix of younger blood and experience. The comment from SL coach shows they have surrendered much before even start of the series.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Pak fans keep your hopes high. We Lions are gonna make you disappointed... we saw what happened in the last ODI against Proteas. too much over confidence is bad. pitch and other conditions are similar to SL. so yes it's an Evenly challenged tour for both teams. As for playing our seniors. Well too bad you don't have a Trio like Dilly, Sanga n Mahela...Good that you at least have Misbah... but mind you he's also older than our 3 Seniors. better put your thinking caps on & find some good players...Waiting for a good challenge. All the best Lions.

  • Sinhaya on December 1, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Pakistan no doubt has some superb bowlers but their fielding and batting is inconsistent. Sri Lanka no doubt has some good batsmen but the youngsters must perform. Kushal Perera must reduce his non stop hitting mentality and try to be more patient. Senanayake no doubt will be our match winner if at all. No doubt the series will be exciting and looking forward to it.

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan and Sri lanka has played a lot of games togather and everytime they looked equal sides and the team better on the field wins. Both of them are looking to composite a better squad mixing youngsters and experienced players. As for as Pakistan is concerned I think Hafeez must be given a chance to show his worth and his exclusion from the squad after a long period will not be good for the team but Nasir Jamshaid and Sohail must be dropped. The main strength of any good team is middle order and there must be some big hitters having strike rate above 100, Umar Akmal and Afridi suited for that position. My playing eleven would be 1. Shahzad 2. Hafeez 3. Sohaib 4. Misbah 5. Umar 6. Afridi 7. Bilawal 8. Anwar 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid.. Looking at 2015 worldcup Bilawal and Anwar should be given fair chances to strenghthen the side with quality all rounders. Best Wishes to the Team Pakistan and hoping forward to see exciting matches

  • on December 1, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Not that tough, not easy either . Both teams r equal