Abu Dhabi(September 27, 2017): Sri Lanka will play first Test of a three-match series against Pakistan in Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) tomorrow.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal will attend the trophy unveiling ceremony scheduled today.
Pakistan will step into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.
Playing without Younus and Misbah is unaccustomed territory for Pakistan, who haven’t had a Test featuring either of the talismanic, prolific pair in seven years.
Together, Younus and Misbah have appeared in 193 Tests, accumulating 15,331 runs, 44 centuries and 15 century stands between them, briefly lifting the team to the top of the Test rankings in August last year.
They have dominated the batting at Pakistan´s venues in United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they have been forced to play home games since a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.
Younus is not only Pakistan´s highest Test runs scorer, with 10,099, but the slips fielding specialist also holds the national record of 139 catches in 118 Tests.