Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 May 16, 2014

Pakistan to play Tests in Galle, Colombo

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Pakistan will play Tests in Galle and Colombo in August, as well as three ODIs spread across the major limited-over venues in Sri Lanka, SLC has confirmed.

Although Pakistan would have played their last Test in January, they are not scheduled to play a first-class practice match in the lead-up to the series, partly because several Pakistan players will be competing in the Caribbean Premier League. A 10-day training camp is believed to be in the works, though.

Pakistan arrive in Sri Lanka on August 2, four days before the Galle Test begins. The P Sara Oval will host the second Test, starting August 14, before Pakistan play a 50-over warm-up in Moratuwa on August 20. Hambantota, Pallekele and Premadasa Stadiums will host the ODIs on August 23, 27 and 30. The teams will not play a T20I. 


The tour will be Sri Lanka's third in quick succession - all featuring two Tests - following the trip to England and the home series against South Africa. Neither the Pakistan series nor the South Africa tour had been prescribed for 2014 in the Future Tours Programme - though the Tests against South Africa had been deferred from last year.

Pakistan were facing a six-month drought ahead of their next international fixture after the World T20 but the PCB struck up a quick deal with SLC on the sidelines of the April ICC meeting in Dubai, to reduce the gap. The series will kick off a busy season for them, with full series against Australia and New Zealand shortly after, in the UAE.

With these two Tests, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan will bring their 2014 tally to nine matches, provided all matches are played as scheduled. It will also be the second time the teams have squared off in a bilateral series in eight months - Sri Lanka played three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s in the UAE in December and January. They also played each other in two Asia Cup fixtures. The teams shared the Test series in the UAE, while Sri Lanka had won their previous Test series at home 1-0.

Pakistan have played Sri Lanka in five series over the past five years - home and away in 2009, followed by Pakistan hosting Sri Lanka in 2011 and touring Sri Lanka in 2012.

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  • aasheikh48 on May 23, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Pakistan should be playing in Australia or New Zealand instead of the Sub- Continent because the world cup coming ahead is in unfamiliar conditions and Pakistan have no experience on Australian or Kiwi pitches.!

  • ziazai on May 19, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    I think because Srilanka is busy in other tours therefore this series got a less space and the tour is shortened.

  • on May 18, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    being an indian i love both these two teams it would be more interesting if it is 3 tests 5 odis 3 t20is good luck to both teams

  • ziazai on May 18, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I believe that if Pakistan wins or Srilanka, we have no problems for these two loving friends.

  • on May 16, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    why not try series with south africa....

  • osteo on May 16, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Sri doesn't have kohli in odi and no maxwell in t20 side. Sri lankas power is team work

  • Desihungama on May 16, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It's always a great and welcome cricket between these two sides. Grit vs Panache. I am looking forward to these 4 players in this series. Kumar Sangakara, Mathews, Fawad Alam and Ahmad Shehzad.

  • on May 16, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    It's a shame all these matches are organized during the monsoon time in Sri Lanka..History always says that it's so difficult to hold at least one full match during monsoon.January, February & March are the best months in Sri Lanka to play Cricket. Hope weather god will stay away atleast this time...!!

  • on May 16, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    good news. pak should have played a warm up game before tests. its never easy to come from such long gap. any way, good luck to both teams.

  • on May 16, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    absolutely glad to hear this.... but I wanted a full series including 3 tests,5 odis and 2 t20I s... that would have been alot interesting

  • aasheikh48 on May 23, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Pakistan should be playing in Australia or New Zealand instead of the Sub- Continent because the world cup coming ahead is in unfamiliar conditions and Pakistan have no experience on Australian or Kiwi pitches.!

  • ziazai on May 19, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    I think because Srilanka is busy in other tours therefore this series got a less space and the tour is shortened.

  • on May 18, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    being an indian i love both these two teams it would be more interesting if it is 3 tests 5 odis 3 t20is good luck to both teams

  • ziazai on May 18, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, I believe that if Pakistan wins or Srilanka, we have no problems for these two loving friends.

  • on May 16, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    why not try series with south africa....

  • osteo on May 16, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Sri doesn't have kohli in odi and no maxwell in t20 side. Sri lankas power is team work

  • Desihungama on May 16, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It's always a great and welcome cricket between these two sides. Grit vs Panache. I am looking forward to these 4 players in this series. Kumar Sangakara, Mathews, Fawad Alam and Ahmad Shehzad.

  • on May 16, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    It's a shame all these matches are organized during the monsoon time in Sri Lanka..History always says that it's so difficult to hold at least one full match during monsoon.January, February & March are the best months in Sri Lanka to play Cricket. Hope weather god will stay away atleast this time...!!

  • on May 16, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    good news. pak should have played a warm up game before tests. its never easy to come from such long gap. any way, good luck to both teams.

  • on May 16, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    absolutely glad to hear this.... but I wanted a full series including 3 tests,5 odis and 2 t20I s... that would have been alot interesting

  • Damian123 on May 16, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    @Qazi Hassan: Thank you and well said!

  • fzsTrio on May 16, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lank. I am a Pak team fan but SL team is my second favorite.

  • saifkhanBD on May 16, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Great news. SL are a tough team and taking them on, in their backyard will be tough. It should an exciting series. Good luck to both teams.

  • on May 16, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    My colleagues asked me if I root for India cuz I was born in India, or root for Pak cuz I was raised there. They are surprised when I say my fav team is SL :) The gentlemen of cricket who play and win for their country despite not being paid for months. I hope SL keeps up to its tradition even after the departure of greats like Jayawardene Jayasuriya Sangakkara Muralidharan.

  • Taimor-016 on May 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Hopefully the Galle and Colombo pitches won't be dead wickets. It might be boring to watch both the tests if the pitches prove to be paradise for the batsmans. However, it will be a great series to watch. Hopefully Pakistan does well inshallah.

  • Lion83 on May 16, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Good series for both teams ahead of world cup nearing.Both teams can identify potential sqauds for world cup.

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  • Lion83 on May 16, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Good series for both teams ahead of world cup nearing.Both teams can identify potential sqauds for world cup.

  • Taimor-016 on May 16, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Hopefully the Galle and Colombo pitches won't be dead wickets. It might be boring to watch both the tests if the pitches prove to be paradise for the batsmans. However, it will be a great series to watch. Hopefully Pakistan does well inshallah.

  • on May 16, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    My colleagues asked me if I root for India cuz I was born in India, or root for Pak cuz I was raised there. They are surprised when I say my fav team is SL :) The gentlemen of cricket who play and win for their country despite not being paid for months. I hope SL keeps up to its tradition even after the departure of greats like Jayawardene Jayasuriya Sangakkara Muralidharan.

  • saifkhanBD on May 16, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Great news. SL are a tough team and taking them on, in their backyard will be tough. It should an exciting series. Good luck to both teams.

  • fzsTrio on May 16, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lank. I am a Pak team fan but SL team is my second favorite.

  • Damian123 on May 16, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    @Qazi Hassan: Thank you and well said!

  • on May 16, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    absolutely glad to hear this.... but I wanted a full series including 3 tests,5 odis and 2 t20I s... that would have been alot interesting

  • on May 16, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    good news. pak should have played a warm up game before tests. its never easy to come from such long gap. any way, good luck to both teams.

  • on May 16, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    It's a shame all these matches are organized during the monsoon time in Sri Lanka..History always says that it's so difficult to hold at least one full match during monsoon.January, February & March are the best months in Sri Lanka to play Cricket. Hope weather god will stay away atleast this time...!!

  • Desihungama on May 16, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It's always a great and welcome cricket between these two sides. Grit vs Panache. I am looking forward to these 4 players in this series. Kumar Sangakara, Mathews, Fawad Alam and Ahmad Shehzad.