ABU DHABI: Pakistan will venture into another Test time without resigned batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq when they go up against Sri Lanka in the primary Test in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.
Playing without Younis and Misbah is an unaccustomed area for Pakistan, who haven’t had a Test including
neither of the supernatural, productive combine in seven years.
It comes as they plan to welcome the arrival of full global cricket to their nation of origin one month from
when Sri Lanka visit for a Twenty20 diversion in Lahore.
Together, Younis and Misbah have showed up in 193 Tests, collecting 15,331 runs, 44 centuries and 15
century remains between them, quickly lifting the group to the highest point of the Test rankings in August a year ago.
They have commanded the batting at Pakistan’s scenes in United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they have
been compelled to play home diversions since a dangerous psychological oppressor assault on the Sri Lankan
group transport in Lahore in 2009.
The match made Pakistan so invulnerable that they have not lost any of the nine arrangement they have
played in UAE, with new chief Sarfraz Ahmed letting it be known will be hard to supplant them.
“Clearly, it is difficult to fill the void they exited as they were the foundation of our batting,” said Ahmed.
“Their commitments were tremendous however now we need to proceed onward.”
Younis is not exclusively Pakistan’s most astounding Test runs scorer, with 10,099, yet the slips handling
master additionally holds the national record of 139 gets in 118 Tests.
Misbah’s quiet impact as a batsman, and also captain, will likewise be hard to supplant.
– Sri Lanka fightback –
Quick rising batsman Babar Azam at four and Haris Sohail, who is yet to play a Test, will endeavor to
void, while Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq will likewise relied upon to assume a main part.
Ali was in question for the principal Test subsequent to agony knee damage yet he has since reacted well to treatment, while Yasir Shah will lead the turn assault in a squad with five quick bowlers.
Shah, who took 24 wickets in Pakistan’s 2-1 arrangement win in Sri Lanka two years back, helped
by uncapped spinners Mohammad Asghar and Bilal Asif.
Sri Lanka, who lost 3-0 at home to India a month ago, will hope to right the ship after a torrid keep running
of results which has had the media and fans on their back.
However, they without their key all-rounder and previous chief Angelo Mathews, who discounted
of the primary Test with a calf strain.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal trusts his group should be taking care of business to beat Pakistan, notwithstanding the absence of their two long serving players.
Pakistan miss Misbah and Younis in Test:
“Pakistan will miss Misbah and Younis however we won’t think little of the adolescents they have and (we) must
be getting it done to beat them,” he said.
Sri Lanka floated by the arrival of their pace initiates Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal, who endured wounds a month ago.
Be that as it may, their fundamental any expectation of winning the two-coordinate arrangement looks prone
to depend on veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who has 90 wickets in 19 Tests against Pakistan.
Pakistan Test: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz
Sri LankaTest: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (bad habit capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva,
Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage – Agencies