When is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka taking place? Friday, September 27th (11:00am UK time)
Where is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka taking place? National Stadium, Karachi
What is the expected weather for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? 35c with sunshine and cloudy intervals
What channel is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on? This match will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? This match will not be streamed live in the UK
Where can I get tickets for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? Ticket details for this match can be found here!
THE TEAM NEWS
- Pakistan kick off this ODI series against Sri Lanka with Sarfaraz Ahmed leading the team once again as he was reappointed as captain despite the disappointing World Cup campaign and his position under scrutiny, and he will have 24-year-old Babar Azam as deputy.
- They will have to do without key bowling duo Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali who are both struggling with injury and they have recalled batsman Iftikhar Ahmed, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and allrounder Mohammad Nawaz for this series which will be played in Karachi before the T20 series moves to Lahore.
- Aside from those absentees, Pakistan have a strong squad at their disposal with the likes of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hasnain returning from CPL duty, and Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq all in the 16-man squad named by chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.
- Sri Lanka come into this series in Pakistan with a vastly under-strength squad after ten of their players refused to travel to Karachi and Lahore due to safety concerns about playing in Pakistan.
- Key players such as Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews have pulled out of the squad and they have been joined by Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Suranga Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal which leaves them severely weakened for this series.
- Their absences will however give an opportunity to some of their younger players to get more experience and the Sri Lankan selectors have been keen to commit to development in recent times so that will see the likes of rising stars Avishka Fernando and Lahiru Kumara get more exposure against quality opposition.
The circumstances around this series with ten Sri Lankan players withdrawing from the squad will likely have a major effect on the competitiveness of these three one-day internationals in Karachi. Pakistan mean business under Misbah-ul-Haq, and they have named an incredibly strong squad to take part in this and the T20 series which follows. They will be desperate to get off to a strong start, and they should have no trouble dispatching this inexperienced Sri Lankan side.