Pakistan desperate to win ODI series against the Lions

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 | 0

Sri Lanka and Pakistan have recently played a Test series which was staged in United Arab Emirates. The Test series between them consisted of two matches and Sri Lanka won the series by 2 – 0. Now, according to the schedule the Lions will play a ODI series against team Pakistan in UAE. So, after facing a Test series defeat, Pakistan desperate to win ODI series against the Lions.

The ODI series between pakistan and Sri Lanka consists of five matches and all of them will take place in United Arab Emirates. Their inaugural ODI will take place in 13th October, 2017 at Dubai International Stadium. And Pakistan and Sri Lanka have revealed their ODI squad recently.

Pakistan desperate to win ODI series against the Lions

However, Pakistan cricket team has the same captain just like Test who is Sarfraz Ahmed but Sri Lanka has changed their captain for the ODI series. Their ODI captain is Upul Tharanga. Besides, Pakistani top bowler Mohammad Amir could not participate in ODI series though at the first time, he was in the squad.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan both teams are visiting United Arab Emirates or UAE currently for the series and their tour started with Test cricket. The 1st Test started in 28th September, 2017 and the Test series ended up in 10th October, 2017. Excluding the Test series, they will also play a ODI series which consists of five matches and a T20I series which consists of three matches. Except the last T20I match, all will take place in UAE. But last match will be hosted at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan.

However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted to arrange all matches in their home venue but unlike others, the Lankan cricket team did not agree to visit Pakistan right now. In Pakistan they were faced a terrorist attack in 2009 and since then International cricket was stopped there. But PCB tried to ensure them that Pakistan is completely safe and ready to provide all safe they need but no countries wants to visit there which would be a great risk to them.

So, Pakistan usually arranges their home venue series in United Arab Emirates instead of Pakistan.

However, against Sri Lanka, Pakistan always has a good record in ODI and Test but facing a defeat in Test, team Pakistan is desperate to win the ODI series. To do so, they need to manage victory in three matches out of five. Considering the current ICC ranking, Pakistan is in 6th position where team Sri Lanka is in 8th in ODI ranking. But it would not help them in field.

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This is Toqui Tahmid a webmaster and sports reporter at Tsmplug



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