ABU DHABI: Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the first of the three Twenty20 matches of the series in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Sri Lanka whitewashed Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series while the green shirts clean sweeped the islanders 5-0 in the one-day series.
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Sri Lanka announced its T20 squad and several players, including regular limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga, have refused to travel to Pakistan to play the last match at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
Despite clean sweeping the opponents in the ODI series, Sarfraz did not wish to take the young Sri Lankan side for granted.
The first T20 will start at 09.00 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).
The second Twenty20 international will be played at Abu Dhabi on Friday whereas the third and final game of the tour will be contested at Lahore on Sunday.
Pakistan (probable): Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and Usman Khan.
Sri Lanka (probable): Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Mahela Udawatte, Ashan Priyanjan, Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera (capt.), Sachith Pathirana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage
Story first published: 26th October 2017