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Sri Lanka announce full strength squad for Pakistan Test tour

The Islanders will leave for Pakistan on December 8

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Sri Lanka on Friday announced a full strength squad, led by Dimuth Karunaratne, for their upcoming tour to Pakistan for a two-match Test series against the hosts, starting from December 11 in Rawalpindi.

The Islanders will leave for Pakistan on December 8 to take part in the series, held under the ICC Test Championship.

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Sri Lanka Test squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan

Sri Lanka Test Squad for Pakistan Tour 2019;
D Karunaratne – Capt
O Fernando
Kusal Mendis
A Mathews
D Chandimal
Kusal Perera
L Thirimanne
Dhananjaya De Silva
N Dickwella
Dilruwan Perera
L Embuldeniya
S Lakmal
L Kumara
Vishwa Fernando
K Rajitha
L Sandakanhttps://t.co/24jE2kADcG

— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) November 29, 2019

 

After more than 10 years, Test cricket will return to Pakistan as the first Test will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from December 11-15, while the second Test will be held at the National Stadium from December 19-23.

Originally, Sri Lanka were scheduled to play Tests in October and then return in December for white-ball cricket, but the matches were swapped to provide them the opportunity to assess the security situation before deciding on the Test venues.

Earlier in October, ten Sri Lanka cricketers had decided against touring Pakistan for the limited-overs leg citing security concerns.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) were forced to send a second string squad for the tour, which lost the One-day International (ODI) series two-nil to Pakistan but clean sweeped the hosts by three-nil in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series.