Sri Lanka are set to play Pakistan for a full-fledge tour starting 28th of September with the 1st Test between the two sides. They’d like to take it as a retreat from their troublesome recent past where they have all sorts of issues. Several captains have been appointed and changed and they even lost against Zimbabwe at home. It must have been a painful time for all those maestros and legends sitting out there and watching all this to happen. Now, they have announced their squad for the test matches that will start their tour against Pakistan.
Dinesh Chandimal has again been given the captaincy and he will be seen in action as a captain. He didn’t have a much successful run of late when he was first awarded captaincy after Angelo Mathews and will now be looking to turn the tables in his favor. He has captained Sri Lanka just once in Tests so far and that was in July this year against Zimbabwe when he managed to see his team to a victory in a huge run chase. His recent form has been good and he has played a few handy knocks but nothing big has come out of his bat lately. Let’s see how he fights for his national pride on both the fronts.
Sri Lanka will be depending on some of their experienced campaigners in the batting department. Despite the fact that it’s a pretty young side there are some players who have been with the side lately. Vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne and wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella will have some real responsibility on their shoulders alongside the captain Dinesh Chandimal himself. Besides, there are Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva to rely on. A couple of new names include Sadheera Samarawickreme and Roshen Silva. Despite the existence of relatively inexperienced stalwarts in the side, Sri Lankan batting line doesn’t look too good to challenge any big team in the world but still that’s what they have got and they will have to come up with something really special to pull off victories on this tour.
The bowling department is comparatively strong as there are quite a few experienced players that are part of the mix. The most experienced of the lot is Rangana Herath who has proven his selection many times before and remains to be an imminent threat to the opponent no matter what. The pace bowling attack will be led by Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep who have consistently made it to the final XI in recent times. Then there are a couple of young guns with the likes of Lahiru Gamage and Vishwa Fernando who can play a part despite their inexperience at this level. And, in the spin bowling department they have Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera besides Herath to take care of things in the middle overs. But again, they will have to fight really hard against a budding Pakistani outfit that seems to be thriving under their new, young captain.