The hosts will take part in the 50-over format for the first-time since their victorious Champions Trophy campaign as the visitors look to stage turnaround after embarrassing recent home losses to Zimbabwe and India.
The hosts fought back in the match after conceding a 220-run first-innings lead but fell short by 68 runs in chase of 317 after a top-order collapse despite fighting knocks by Asad Shafiq (112) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (68).
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The news of Pakistan’s loss to Sri Lanka in the first Test match of the ongoing series being played in in the UAE shocked many a Pakistan supporter. The manner of the capitulation of the Pakistan batsmen seems to indicate a real issue with the ability to handle pressure situations due to the absence of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. However, what it also brought to light was the importance of good spin options in any Test team, as was ably demonstrated by Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.
A World Cup winner and a veteran of 52 Tests where he took 185 wickets, Mushtaq Ahmed holds the position of the Head Coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore where finding the right kind of specialist spinner for Pakistan to partner Yasir Shah is one of his prime goals, as he explained in an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net.
The home side bowled out the tourists cheaply in the second innings after achieving first-innings parity but fell short once again on Day 5 of a Test match as Rangana Herath ended the match with an 11-wicket haul.
Writing for First Sports Cricket, Saj feels that Sarfaraz Ahmed's job as Pakistan Test captain would be slightly easier as his side take on a Sri Lankan side low on confidence in the familiar environment of the UAE.
Writing in his latest blog for PakPassion.net, Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood analyses the impact of the World XI's visit to Pakistan and praises the touring players for their efforts, expresses his appreciation of the collective role by the bowlers and batsmen in Pakistan's recent success, explains why it's right for Sarfaraz Ahmed to be captain for all 3 Pakistan teams and looks forward to the Test series against Sri Lanka.
In his latest blog for PakPassion.net, former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail writes about the future impact of the World XI's visit to Pakistan cricket, what Ahmed Shehzad needs to do re-establish himself in the Pakistan LOI and Test teams, why younger batsmen need to emulate Babar Azam, questions the reasons for Fawad Alam's persistent exclusion and suggests ways for the PCB to get its house in order to prevent corruption in the future.
In his latest article for FirstPost Sports, Saj looks at how the opener has a golden chance to repay the faith put in him by Pakistan and show that he can continue delivering for many years.