Pakistan news May 18, 2012

Recent record gives Pakistan edge over Sri Lanka - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's Test and ODI captain, has said that his team's recent record against Sri Lanka gives it the edge leading into the tour slated for June and July.

"Sri Lanka is always a difficult team to play against, especially in their back yard," Misbah said on the sidelines of Pakistan's preparatory camp in Lahore. "Obviously we have to be at our best in all departments, because they always come hard at the opposition. But our record against them gives us the upper hand, and our confidence level is high."

In their last series against Sri Lanka, in the UAE in October-November 2011, Pakistan won in all three formats. In the three-Test series, they won 1-0, took the ODIs 4-1 and won the one-off Twenty20. They also beat Sri Lanka in the one game the teams played against each other in the Asia Cup in March. However, the previous time the two teams played in Sri Lanka, Pakistan lost the Tests 2-0 and the one-dayers 3-2.

Misbah said Pakistan's improvements on the fielding and fitness fronts would help them this time around. "I think we have shown a lot of improvement in fielding and fitness in last couple of years," he said. "Every coach in the past, whether it was Waqar Younis and Ijaz Ahmed, everyone did a good job [with those disciplines] and now Julien [Fountain, the fielding coach] is doing a great job."

For the Sri Lanka tour, Pakistan have picked specialist players in each format, meaning Misbah has missed out in the Twenty20 squad, and the captaincy was handed over to Mohammad Hafeez. Misbah reiterated that he will be available in the shortest format, should Pakistan require him.

"It [Twenty20] is a format that is widely played in the world and I will keep on playing it," he said. "As far as [ending] my international career is concerned, I think that decision has to be taken by the PCB."

"Obviously the burden on me has been eased, and I can now focus on two formats. But if you are enjoying playing cricket, you can easily cope with it [playing all three formats too]."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @sobersfan, what nonsense. Sri Lanka has a great batting lineup. You dont know any cricket. Dilshan, Sangakkara, Samaraweera, Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardena, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews are true world class batsmen who can win matches for us! No ordinary batting lineup can win test matches against the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked test teams, which Sri Lanka recently did comfortably!

  • swingstowin on May 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Whats with predicting the end results? I dont think the quality of two teams in question allows that! All I know it will be a good series and i hope there are no wash outs!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on May 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I don't know about you guys but I'm anxious of seeing Umar Akmal scoring a century or two in the series. The T20 team should be: 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Khalid Latif 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Shakeel Ansar/Sarfraz Ahmed 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Mohammad Sami ODI team 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Umar Akmal 4.) Shahid Afridi 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Misbah ul-haq 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Sarfraz Ahmed 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Rahat Ali Test team 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Younis Khan 5.) Umar Akmal 6.) Misbah ul-haq 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Rahat Ali 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

    I have chosen the best possible squad with everyone having the ability to give the best results. I have chosen players who were chosen for the tour only.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 20, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @sinhaya,he scored only one century in aus and u r calling him as a world class batsman.sangakara is the only great batsman in that sl lineup but he is in worst form of his life. mahela is a good player in sl but whene he goes outside the sub continent he can't put bat to ball.ajmal will run through this ordinary batting.pak will win this series easily.

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @sobersfan, you dont know what is test cricket! To win test matches you got to be at your best in all sessions. ODI or T20 occasional wins by minnows may be flukes but never will test match wins be flukes! I know very well that for an anti Sri Lankan like you, all Sri Lanka's test match wins ever since we got test status in 1982 are flukes! Also, forgot how Sangakkara score 182 at Hobart in 2007 and dismissed controversially? Forgot how Prasanna Jayawardene scored a ton at Cardiff test match last year? Forgot how Dilshan scored 193 at Lord's test match last year? Forgot how Chandimal scored a ton at Lord's last year in the 3rd ODI? Yeah they are school boy work according to you! Sri Lanka has an excellent batting lineup.

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @getsetgopk, besides telling Misbah is over defensive, fact was that in the last SL Pakistan series in UAE, the wickets for the tests were way to slow sluggish making run scoring hard. Taking wickets too was hard. So chasing 162 in 20 overs on the last day would have been tricky. Both sides scored slowly in the tests because big shots meant you risked your wicket. Yes Russell Arnold ate his own words that day. But then of course remember Kepler Wessels said at the start of our series in SA that "even our 2nd XI can beat this Sri Lankan side" only to be humiliated in the Durban test. Yes from what you say, then dont count the chickens before they hatch. This will be an exiting series.

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    @sobersfan, you dont know what is test cricket! To win test matches you got to be at your best in all sessions. ODI or T20 occasional wins by minnows may be flukes but never will test match wins be flukes! I know very well that for an anti Sri Lankan like you, all Sri Lanka's test match wins ever since we got test status in 1982 are flukes! Also, forgot how Sangakkara score 182 at Hobart in 2007 and dismissed controversially? Forgot how Prasanna Jayawardene scored a ton at Cardiff test match last year? Forgot how Dilshan scored 193 at Lord's test match last year? Forgot how Chandimal scored a ton at Lord's last year in the 3rd ODI? Yeah they are school boy work according to you! Sri Lanka has an excellent batting lineup.

  • LastLaugh_PK on May 20, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u: Lo and behold! The Bengali Guru has spoken, the teams should not even play since he has already spelled out the final results. Both teams should accept the result given by him because he is the most knowledgeable person in the world and is also a Nostradamus on his off-days.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 19, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I m Pretty Sure at The End of the Series u Will See in Test- Sl-2 Pk-0 Odi-SL-4 Pk-1 T20 Sl-2 Pk-0....Srilanka is way ahead of pakistan when they r playing at home

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @Sinhya,why do u always refer to same script time n again,why do u harp on same line about jst one rain affectd tst match,ths z part n parcel of intrnatnl cric,n 4 ur infrmatn about d same series,99.99 pakis had d opinion that it should have ben clean swept,bt thanks to ovr.defencive misbha n we won it 1.0,i dn't know on what grounds u n some othr considrng sl a balancd side as u have 1,or 2 clas players n nthng else,our pak batng z as strong as any othr team among top 2 teams as far as playng on spin tracks z concernd,time gona prove ths time as wel,as we have dominatd ur far more strongr sl sides(murali,vas,zoyca,playng) at your backyard about more than 60%,i thng it would prov far more easier,lovng one's own country z difrnt whil acceptng reality z difrent,once again no personal offence as u R our brtherly frnds n would remain as such no mater whoevr wins

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    @sobersfan, what nonsense. Sri Lanka has a great batting lineup. You dont know any cricket. Dilshan, Sangakkara, Samaraweera, Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardena, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews are true world class batsmen who can win matches for us! No ordinary batting lineup can win test matches against the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked test teams, which Sri Lanka recently did comfortably!

  • swingstowin on May 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Whats with predicting the end results? I dont think the quality of two teams in question allows that! All I know it will be a good series and i hope there are no wash outs!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on May 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I don't know about you guys but I'm anxious of seeing Umar Akmal scoring a century or two in the series. The T20 team should be: 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Khalid Latif 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Shakeel Ansar/Sarfraz Ahmed 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Mohammad Sami ODI team 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Umar Akmal 4.) Shahid Afridi 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Misbah ul-haq 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Sarfraz Ahmed 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Rahat Ali Test team 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Younis Khan 5.) Umar Akmal 6.) Misbah ul-haq 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Rahat Ali 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

    I have chosen the best possible squad with everyone having the ability to give the best results. I have chosen players who were chosen for the tour only.

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 20, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @sinhaya,he scored only one century in aus and u r calling him as a world class batsman.sangakara is the only great batsman in that sl lineup but he is in worst form of his life. mahela is a good player in sl but whene he goes outside the sub continent he can't put bat to ball.ajmal will run through this ordinary batting.pak will win this series easily.

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @sobersfan, you dont know what is test cricket! To win test matches you got to be at your best in all sessions. ODI or T20 occasional wins by minnows may be flukes but never will test match wins be flukes! I know very well that for an anti Sri Lankan like you, all Sri Lanka's test match wins ever since we got test status in 1982 are flukes! Also, forgot how Sangakkara score 182 at Hobart in 2007 and dismissed controversially? Forgot how Prasanna Jayawardene scored a ton at Cardiff test match last year? Forgot how Dilshan scored 193 at Lord's test match last year? Forgot how Chandimal scored a ton at Lord's last year in the 3rd ODI? Yeah they are school boy work according to you! Sri Lanka has an excellent batting lineup.

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @getsetgopk, besides telling Misbah is over defensive, fact was that in the last SL Pakistan series in UAE, the wickets for the tests were way to slow sluggish making run scoring hard. Taking wickets too was hard. So chasing 162 in 20 overs on the last day would have been tricky. Both sides scored slowly in the tests because big shots meant you risked your wicket. Yes Russell Arnold ate his own words that day. But then of course remember Kepler Wessels said at the start of our series in SA that "even our 2nd XI can beat this Sri Lankan side" only to be humiliated in the Durban test. Yes from what you say, then dont count the chickens before they hatch. This will be an exiting series.

  • Sinhaya on May 20, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    @sobersfan, you dont know what is test cricket! To win test matches you got to be at your best in all sessions. ODI or T20 occasional wins by minnows may be flukes but never will test match wins be flukes! I know very well that for an anti Sri Lankan like you, all Sri Lanka's test match wins ever since we got test status in 1982 are flukes! Also, forgot how Sangakkara score 182 at Hobart in 2007 and dismissed controversially? Forgot how Prasanna Jayawardene scored a ton at Cardiff test match last year? Forgot how Dilshan scored 193 at Lord's test match last year? Forgot how Chandimal scored a ton at Lord's last year in the 3rd ODI? Yeah they are school boy work according to you! Sri Lanka has an excellent batting lineup.

  • LastLaugh_PK on May 20, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u: Lo and behold! The Bengali Guru has spoken, the teams should not even play since he has already spelled out the final results. Both teams should accept the result given by him because he is the most knowledgeable person in the world and is also a Nostradamus on his off-days.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 19, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I m Pretty Sure at The End of the Series u Will See in Test- Sl-2 Pk-0 Odi-SL-4 Pk-1 T20 Sl-2 Pk-0....Srilanka is way ahead of pakistan when they r playing at home

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @Sinhya,why do u always refer to same script time n again,why do u harp on same line about jst one rain affectd tst match,ths z part n parcel of intrnatnl cric,n 4 ur infrmatn about d same series,99.99 pakis had d opinion that it should have ben clean swept,bt thanks to ovr.defencive misbha n we won it 1.0,i dn't know on what grounds u n some othr considrng sl a balancd side as u have 1,or 2 clas players n nthng else,our pak batng z as strong as any othr team among top 2 teams as far as playng on spin tracks z concernd,time gona prove ths time as wel,as we have dominatd ur far more strongr sl sides(murali,vas,zoyca,playng) at your backyard about more than 60%,i thng it would prov far more easier,lovng one's own country z difrnt whil acceptng reality z difrent,once again no personal offence as u R our brtherly frnds n would remain as such no mater whoevr wins

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @sobersfan, Mahela will excel in SL by all means and no one can stop that! How can you say Mahela is weak in West Indies, England and Australia? He scored 136 in the Guyana test match in 2008, 104 in a test match against Australia in Hobart in 2007, 107 in a test match against England at Lord's in 2002, 119 against England in a test match at Lord's in 2006. He also scored 3 ODI centuries in England which shows he is a great world class batsman who scores anywhere!

  • getsetgopk on May 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    @Sinhaya: If we are going to remember what saved what then you would also remember Misbah saved sL by chosing not to chase that low score and how would you know rain saved Pak it could have been the other way around we have a history of defending low scores against top quality sides so dont do a Russel Arnold who said on commentary in an ODI match 'Prayers are not going to help' only had to eat up his words latter when LALA turned the tables on SL, had it rained back then you probably would be saying the same thing 'rain saved pakistan'.

  • on May 19, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    may the best team win and may india lose evr!

  • Desihungama on May 19, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka has the edge at home. They always do. I won't predict but It's going to be a tough series for Pakistan since they haven't played any internationals in a while and on the other Lanka will require time to adjust to longer version. That's right Samaveera has always played well against Pakistan but that's outside Sri Lanka. Some of the new players making into Pak team will spring surprise. Good luck to both Pak n Sri Lanka.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @Hassan Berry, I fully agree with you.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    @getsetgopk, yes but must also say that Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardena too are ok against Ajmal. That was why Prasanna Jayawardena managed a ton in the Abu Dhabi test last year. Contest will be interesting because it is a good bowling attack of Pakistan versus a good Lankan batting lineup. Pakistan could have won the Galle test last time but squandered it. I would love to see a spin war between Ajmal, Rehman, Hafeez versus Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Dilshan! In my view, T20 and ODIs will be 50-50 but tests are 55-45 Pakistan factoring that rain saved Pakistan in Sharjah in the last test between the 2 teams.

  • on May 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    In my point of view Sri Lanka is a very balanced side.....they have good bowlers an really good batsmen....as a Pakistani i have seen some really good Pakistan matches....however i have seen some really bad ones as well...our performance in the England series in One Dayers was well below par..still.we have recently become Asian champions. The point is that instead of fighting and arguing about which team is better we should support good cricket played by any side.

  • Extraz on May 19, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    The series will be a good one,Pakistan have some world class bowlers while our lankan friends have some world class batsmen both are equally matched sides no point in fighting whose the better than the other.best of luck to both of them frm Pak.

  • honey-lotion on May 19, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    To me, we shouldn't keep Umar Gul out of the equation. He can be a deadly bowler in test cricket. Pakistan has a weak batting attack but backed by the best bowling attack. The battle will show us who's the winner. I'm not even bothered about the one day results. Well who cares about the t20. It takes one session of the test match to produce a result. To assess the might between the two test playing nation, Test should be the only yardstick.

  • getsetgopk on May 19, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Sinhaya: I wouldn't predict anything based on Pakstan's performance in the period from 2007 to 2010, that was the darkest period in Pakistan's cricket history and lets not go into the details of how and why. Agree that Srilanka in SL conditions wont be rolled over by Pakistan but I believe at the end of the day Pakistan should win the test series. Mahela and Sanga are great batters but apart from Sanga the rest of the SL batters are prety much clueless against Ajmal.Its hard to conceive SL over coming Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez. But should be an interesting contest. Cheers!

  • on May 19, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I think Misbah should learn the fact that history doesn't make any difference or doesn't give any tea many sort of edge since cricket is the game whose output depends on how the teams perform on the very day.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @Icing Sugar Honey, Rangana Herath is a match winning bowler. For a side that has beaten England and South Africa in tests recently, dont say we cant win test matches. It is not only Sanga, Mahela and Samaraweera that are good for us. Forgot how Dilshan scored 193 at Lords last year? Forgot about Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardena and Dinesh Chandimal who are good batsmen? If you expect Ajmal to show half the form against England, then dont discount Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake. Remember Pakistani batting is not as good as England's batting as far as the workload for SL bowlers is concerned.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @sobersfan, what nonsense are you talking??? Sri Lanka is a very good side and nothing can stop us from winning! We have great batsmen, bowlers and fielders and that is why we won test matches against England and South Africa recently. That is an undisputed fact!

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    @Bilal Jabir, IPL will have no bearing at all. Sri Lanka did well in England last year soon after IPL. What win for Pakistan with ease? How come SL won the last test series against Pakistan at home 2-0??

  • on May 19, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @sinhaya strongest batting will draw you a game on its best day but strong bowling will win you test matches.....india have the strongest bating in the world at the moment look at them what happened with them in australia and england....so mate,its the bowling that win matches not the batting.....

    but in my opinion the major factor that canl cause this series todraw are big three from SL, sanga, mahela and samaraweera, but if ajmal shows half the form he shoed against england then Pak will be the winners,as srilankan bowliong is no way nera to english bowling

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan i admit Pakistan bowlers have done well against our batsman, specially Ajmal. I think the the series will be very closely fought in all three formats. So lets hope for a competitive series

  • muh189 on May 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    there is one factor in the pakistan team that spells doom for the sri lankan batsmans;;;;;;Saeed Ajmal. sri lankans have never known how to tackle him in tests. however, mahela's captaincy makes him play with more responsibility which would mean loads of runs are due from him and its high time that sanga returns to form. whatever the battle is on and we are ready for an exciting series ahead!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    so many of sri lanka's cricketers will be tired due to ipl like dilshan , sanga, jayawardane and malinga so pakistan should win the series with ease. and lanka does not have firepower in bowling as well excluding malinga who does not plays test matches!

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover, well remember UAE is a place where lot of things go in Pakistan's favor like borderline umpiring decisions. Remember SL has good batsmen who can easily stop SL losing. If you assess Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga and Thilan Samaraweera, they are better than Pakistan batsmen. Under Mahela's captaincy, Pakistan are by no means hot favorites, may be marginal favorites but our batting is better than that of Pakistan.

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Despite being a hardcore Pakistan cricket fan, i still believe that this series is equally matched, as the advantage of Pakistan (spin) is the strength of Lankans and vice versa... ! In test matches, i see Pakistan winning...and odis and t20s would depicit srilankan dominancy !

  • apurvgupta1 on May 19, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Oh dear Misbah, why are you making such claims even before the series has started. After the series he will become a laughing stock i am sure about that!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 19, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    No offence to sl brothrs,bt by some recent series performances,pak would start as hot favorits(nt jst favourits..atleast in t20,tests,it z gauaranteed),randiv,herath R reasonable bt no way equal to ajmal,hafeez,rehman,as far as quikies r concernd,both r equal,so pak would start as 80 to 20 ratio as favorits in tests,t20@Sinhya,bro mahela,sanga,samra r true clas no doubt bt history sugests(oldr,as well most recent)they have nevr been match winners against pak,at d bst they can do z to save a certain test or series,nthng else,bst of lck to ur team@jonathenjosephs,realy Useless to write such a big comment,u could have easily said pak z favorite,ur batng standards r too high so u cnsidr younis,misbah nt to ur level of greatnes,they have provd in past n would do it again,mark my words,nt to forget azhar ali, d future inzi 4 us, proud to be havng azhar,asad in our team,d real futur stars 4 us

  • PakFan1209 on May 19, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    It is gone be a very tough series cant wait good luck Pakistan team

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    as a pakistani fan i m afraid of sangakarra,despite his lacklusture perfomance in indian problem league i still fear him.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @Nadeem1976, Sri Lanka have won 2 out of their last 6 test matches sans Murali. We could have won 3 out of our last 6 test matches had in not rained in Sharjah in the last test we played against Pakistan. Rain only saved Pakistan from defeat in the last test match between the 2 teams. Remember Sri Lanka has a great batting lineup.

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, you can write in bloc caps but remember Sri Lanka are no easy pushovers! You have forgotten how we triumphed in test matches against South Africa and England inspite of being under dogs! Sangakkara is good in tests though not in T20s. Mahela Jayawardena is excellent at home. Thilan Samaraweera, Chandimal, Prasanna Jayawardena are also good at home. Also, if we choose Sachithra Senanayake to support Rangana Herath in the spin dept, SL bowling will be tough!

  • on May 19, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Its a good decision of PCB to keep Misbah out from T20 format, however, he can be a vital choice for ODIs and Tests. Pakistan team had win matches because of their bowling attack. But they are one of the weakest side as for as batting is concern. Our players does not have the potential to play 50 overs, so there must be a couple of batsman who knows how to stay on and built some partnership. Players like Misbah and Younas can give this stability to the batting line up. Last year in UAE, Mahela was out of form and it was accompanied by some poor captaincy which lead the Srilanka to Loss, however, this time Srilankan team will come back very strongly and try to take revenge of their defeat. Srilankan team will be having support of their home grounds and crowd, So Pakistan has to be very good in all departments if they want to win. Let the best team win and have some lovely cricketing fun.

  • veerakannadiga on May 19, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Never ever under estimate SL. They have always been giant killers. As an Indian, I have immense respect and admiration for the Lankans. On their day they are magnificent. The likes of MJ and Sanga are among the best in the world. On the other hand Pak has done well under Misbah in tests. This series is going to be very interesting. Looking forward to it.

  • rawcrickettalent on May 19, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Pakistan-Favourites....i think mahela is a wondeful batsman now that he is in form but he cant read ajmal's doosra...considering sanga who is now not in form..sanga was the only player who caused pakistan any problems in the series in UAE..considering that sri lanka's pace attack is very lame , very weak indeed, the team that gains momentum in t20s and odis will be in top gear in tests...i dont rate dilshan.. i think he is just another sehwag! at the same time pakistan's batting is also weak BUT Younis is class and he will definitly love these conditions...with ajmal and rehman getting their favoured conditions Pakistan are favourites... Ajmal and rehman are definitly better than Herath and Randiv!

  • Sinhaya on May 19, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I see lot of negative comments about Sri Lanka by many here. Well I admit we lost in UAE but it was mainly due to Dilshan's woeful captaincy. Remember Pakistan was saved by the rain in the Sharjah test. Had there been another 30 0vers bowled that day, Sri Lanka were the likely winners. Remember we have Thilan Samaraweera playing the tests and he has an excellent record against Pakistan. Also, Mahela is a great captain meaning it wont be a cake walk for Pakistan. It will be an exiting series by all means. Dont forget that Pakistan lost the test series 2-0 last time they came here. Remember also that Sri Lanka won their last 2 out of their 4 test matches against SA and England who are ranked no. 2 and 1 respectively.

  • Gishan_Buddhika on May 19, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Hey Pakisthan bros ,it wont be that easy to win this time around.Most SL batsmen were in form against ENG ,if Sri lankan pace attack can give some support ,SL will be defineatly on top.With Mahela being the captain,it gives that edge towards SL in close matches which the didn't had under Dilshan in the UAE series.(It looks like PAK fans are really frustrated and angry over India for not giving chances for Pak players to play in the IPL,allmost all the commets say some thing about IPL.)

  • rahulcricket007 on May 19, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    I THINK PAK WILL EASILY WIN THE SERIES . SANGAKARRA IS OUT OF FORM FOR QUITE SOME TIME . DILSHAN IS HIT & MISS THING , MALINGA WILL DECLARE HIMSELF UNFIT AFTER IPL & WILL NOT PLAY IN THE SERIES (LOL).

  • Nadeem1976 on May 19, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    If england can draw a test series against Sri lanka in Sri Lanka then why cannot Pakistan win a series in Sri lanka this time around. It's not about the edge it's about the team spirit and the way a team plays. I don't know about ODI series but it will be difficult for srilanka to win test series against Pakistan on spinning tracks. Rangna harath is not at the level of Saeed ajmal and abdur rehman. Good luck to srilanka for playing 130 overs of great spin bowling per match. Not going to be easy task. Srilanka will miss murli again.

  • ElBeeDubya on May 18, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Majority of Sri Lankan batsmen (Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews) will not have played a first class match for several months before they start the Test series. Let us thank the Sri Lankan board for their excellent planning capabilities and BCCI for doing the maximum they can do to promote Test cricket by organizing this excellent cricket ENTERTAINMENT AKA IPL.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 18, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    SL will lose the series because their key player are playing IPL where they lost all their cricketing skills. International cricket is different and key SL players like Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela will find it difficult to adjust. IPL made them bad players

  • Afridipak on May 18, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Best of luck green team .... Inshallah jeet kar ana . Pakistan zindabad .

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    In the UAE series, Mhela or Sanga was not the captain, it was Dilsahn. Then mahela was not in form. Now Mahela is the in form Captain with many good players around. It may not be that easy to say Pak has the edge. Fielding may give SL the edge.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 18, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Ohhhh! And the mindgames begin. This time the Lankans may not have a in form Sangakkara, but they do have an inform Dilshan and an in form Mahela. I would also like to add that while the selectors did not allow Samaraweera to play against Pakistan (though he recorded the all time best stats for a subcontinent player touring South Africa), most likely he will be taking part in this series. To me, its all equal and the key battles will be the Sri Lankan batsman versus the Pakistani bowlers. Pakistan still do not have a great batting lineup (unless Yousuf makes a come back) but at the same time, Sri Lanka has one of the weakest pace attacks in the world.

  • alisheikh on May 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan... ! thanks God ... Misbah is not playing T-20

  • sharadpower on May 18, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    sorry to say.....but misbah seems to be lost completely..........its a high time for him to quit one day internationals also with due respect rt now......or else he wud be thrown out of da team very soon by PCB.....as it has happened in da past wid lots of big names...no need to mention.....

  • Sageleaf on May 18, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Misbah Don't get me wrong any team is difficult to beat on their own back yard not only Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka makes pitches to suit any team that's why even other teams can defeat SL on their own back yard. Just look at England now will do well because they back in England. They had a bad winter tour where ever they played. But one thing is sure Pakistan has the edge over SL and even the records prove that. But SL will give better flight in all games this time.

  • billbowden311 on May 18, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Very good statement from a very good skipper, he has almost beaten Imran Khan and Javed Miandad's record as most test wins by a Pakistani captain.

  • on May 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    pakistan have always edge over srilanka ,and even ipl can't help srilanka to win over pakistan

  • Stark62 on May 18, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Pak should win the Test series easily but prepare for thrashing in ODI's and especially T20's!

    The only way for Pak to win in limited format is if, four of: Afridi (especially), Ajmal, Akmal, Rahat or Gul perform well in the ODI's, whilst in T20's: Afridi, Ajmal, Shezhad, Akmal, Hammad, Sohail, Latif or Raza Hasan.

    I'm sorry but Hafeez is only in the team because of his bowling and I don't know what the others are doing in the ODI and T20 teams.

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  • Stark62 on May 18, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Pak should win the Test series easily but prepare for thrashing in ODI's and especially T20's!

    The only way for Pak to win in limited format is if, four of: Afridi (especially), Ajmal, Akmal, Rahat or Gul perform well in the ODI's, whilst in T20's: Afridi, Ajmal, Shezhad, Akmal, Hammad, Sohail, Latif or Raza Hasan.

    I'm sorry but Hafeez is only in the team because of his bowling and I don't know what the others are doing in the ODI and T20 teams.

  • on May 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    pakistan have always edge over srilanka ,and even ipl can't help srilanka to win over pakistan

  • billbowden311 on May 18, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Very good statement from a very good skipper, he has almost beaten Imran Khan and Javed Miandad's record as most test wins by a Pakistani captain.

  • Sageleaf on May 18, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Misbah Don't get me wrong any team is difficult to beat on their own back yard not only Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka makes pitches to suit any team that's why even other teams can defeat SL on their own back yard. Just look at England now will do well because they back in England. They had a bad winter tour where ever they played. But one thing is sure Pakistan has the edge over SL and even the records prove that. But SL will give better flight in all games this time.

  • sharadpower on May 18, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    sorry to say.....but misbah seems to be lost completely..........its a high time for him to quit one day internationals also with due respect rt now......or else he wud be thrown out of da team very soon by PCB.....as it has happened in da past wid lots of big names...no need to mention.....

  • alisheikh on May 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan... ! thanks God ... Misbah is not playing T-20

  • johnathonjosephs on May 18, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Ohhhh! And the mindgames begin. This time the Lankans may not have a in form Sangakkara, but they do have an inform Dilshan and an in form Mahela. I would also like to add that while the selectors did not allow Samaraweera to play against Pakistan (though he recorded the all time best stats for a subcontinent player touring South Africa), most likely he will be taking part in this series. To me, its all equal and the key battles will be the Sri Lankan batsman versus the Pakistani bowlers. Pakistan still do not have a great batting lineup (unless Yousuf makes a come back) but at the same time, Sri Lanka has one of the weakest pace attacks in the world.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    In the UAE series, Mhela or Sanga was not the captain, it was Dilsahn. Then mahela was not in form. Now Mahela is the in form Captain with many good players around. It may not be that easy to say Pak has the edge. Fielding may give SL the edge.

  • Afridipak on May 18, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Best of luck green team .... Inshallah jeet kar ana . Pakistan zindabad .

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 18, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    SL will lose the series because their key player are playing IPL where they lost all their cricketing skills. International cricket is different and key SL players like Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela will find it difficult to adjust. IPL made them bad players