Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 April 29, 2012

Pakistan set for full tour of Sri Lanka


Pakistan are set to tour Sri Lanka for a full series comprising three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals between May 29 and July 13, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed.

Pakistan are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on May 29 and will play the first of two Twenty20s in Hambantota on June 1. The one-day series begins in Pallekele on June 7. The first two ODIs will be played in Pallekele and the remaining three at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The three-Test series commences in Galle on June 22 and the second Test will take place at the SSC in Colombo from June 30. The teams will return to Pallekele for the final Test starting on July 8.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka last played a Test series in October 2011 in the UAE, where Pakistan won the three-match series 1-0. They last toured Sri Lanka in 2009, when they lost the three-Test series 2-0.

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  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    I do not blame Thilan. He needs to think of his life after cricket. He has two young daughters and he needs to think about their education. Compared to Mahela and Sanga who earn millions courtesy of IPL carnival and appearing in promoting unhealthy ads for youth like for Coke, Thilan's main income must be playing test cricket. However, the board should convince and give him some incentives to continue playing even if he gets PR status down under as he does not have to live there permanently. I cannot see in foreseeable future a middle order batsman evolving with the stability he provides. We should have started filling places in the national side with identified younger players like Chandimal from some time back. It does not matter which position they bat it is the exposure that matters. Thilan made his debut batting at No. 8 to accommodate a nightwatchman, Sanga also batted at No. 5 and Mahela at No.6 but later moved up the order when seniors retired. Thilan will be sadly missed.

  • Andrew on May 2, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    I think lots will depend on the type of pitches prepared. I think Pakistan's bowling is far better than SLs, with SL's batting superior to Pakistan. I think the difference between bowling attacks is greater than the differnce in batting! So I would say pakistan is marginally ahead of SL.

  • Neranjan on May 2, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Pakistans Tour of sri Lanka is good, but the problem lies in who will play in the sri lankan team, or in other words, who will be left to play ???? It's not conformed but the sources say that Thilan Samaraweera is in a process of quiting the team and going to Australia. The recent events in the SL Board has promt Thilan to quit, and my friend it is not far the others will follow the trend. Kuma Sangakkara who has won the Wisdon best cricketer award has been band by talking to the Wisdon about the award, which is traditionaly done by the nominated cricketer until now. which is really sad news for the cricket of sri lanka. We are only witnessing the last few years/days of our presures crickets like Sanga / Mahela and Thilan in action.. so what ever cricket that comes in our way is GOLD. Long live Thilan, thank you for the cricket you played for the country.

  • Prashan on May 1, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @siri1234 , just ignore the anti Lankan comments. We are a good side that we have won 2 out of the last 4 tests without Murali. We could have won 3 out of the last 6 tests had it not rained in Sharjah that day.

  • Prashan on May 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @lankanlioncric, only Mahela and Sanga have played IPL non stop with rest of the players hardly playing. No way will we lose as you wish.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    First IPL, then SLPL, then BPL and now PPL. and then we say T-20 is destorying Cricket :P

  • lankan on May 1, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    pakistan team will be fresh n sri lankan team exhausted after playing in IPL. my bet, pakistan will win this series hands down. thats wat happens when u put ipl in front of country. good luck pak

  • sirsak on May 1, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    i cant understand how come pakistan will start as favourites as said by many in these be honest pakistan were very lucky in uae to have the opponents captain as tillakratne dilshan who is very immature as captain compared to mahela who is one of the best captain of all times.and in asia cup everybody knows how tired we were following our magnificent long series in australia.they may hav beaten us latterly more but come this series , srilanka start as favourites for sure.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Hope Pakistan will play a better Spin bowling combination than what they played in UAE, there are news of Yousuf being called for training camp if he gets a chance then it would boost batting line up. if anyone from PCB selection team is reading this please include kamran akmal he is such a agressive player and a keeper. Between i would love to watch some good knocks from Youns and Umar Akmal

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I suppose that since Pakistan has beaten SL and ENG at UAE, they'll have no trouble beating SL in SL. Ajmal is the no. 1 spinner in the world and Younis Khan is their world class batsman plus a few youngsters here and there. SL don't have a world class bowler apart from Herath who is no where near as good as Ajmal. 3-0 to Pakistan.

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