Abu Dhabi(September 28, 2017): Sri Lanka has won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the first Test match being played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
However, Pakistan wicket-keeper skipper Sarfraz is leading the Test match first time. While Haris Sohail has given Test cap. Sami Aslam and Shan Masood will open the bat for Pakistan.
Pakistan are stepping into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq as they take on Sri Lanka.
Playing without Younus and Misbah is unaccustomed territory for Pakistan, who haven´t had a Test featuring neither of the talismanic, prolific pair in seven years.
The pair made Pakistan so invincible that they have not lost any of the nine series they have played in UAE, with new captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitting it will be tough to replace them.
After the trophy unveiling, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal expressed that his side has an advantage due to Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan’s absence in Pakistan playing XI after their retirement.
Chandimal accepted that the previous series of Sri Lanka was not good as it should be, but he expected that his team will regain its lost form.
Pakistan Squad: 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 Lanka Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-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