Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

Pakistan to play Tests in Galle, Colombo

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 16, 2014

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Angleo Mathews and Misbah-ul-Haq after sharing the series 1-1, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 5th day, January 20, 2014
Pakistan and Sri Lanka shared their previous Test series, in the UAE in 2013-14 © AFP

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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Posted by 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.!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

why not try series with south africa....

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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...!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

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