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Editor's Pick (Test): Pakistan - Sri Lanka

Venue is Dubai. The teams have arrived. I have seen a match at Sharjah once. It was an India Pakistan match. It was one of the best matches I have ever seen. Well, India lost that match. India actually lost three wickets before I even managed to enter the stadium. The queue was so long. I could hear the screams after every wicket fell. I am still saying I had fun because of the audience. It was fantastic. We had our own little song and dance cheering for our respective teams.

Back to the venue, there are fans from all over the world there. Both teams are likely to have sufficient support. Sri Lanka come in after a rather disappointing session against India. Pakistan just played World XI and had mixed results. Pakistan might be in a better frame of mind than Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Squad:
Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.

Sri Lanka Squad:
Dinesh Chandimal(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, 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

Sarfraz leads Pakistan for the first time in a test match. Good luck to him. Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq will be missed terribly.


My lineup
Batsmen
Kusal Mendis
Azhar Ali
Babar Azam
Dimuth Karunaratne
Bowlers
Nuwan Pradeep
Yasir Shah
Mohammad Amir
All-Rounders
Bilal Asif
D perera
Wicket-Keeper
N Dickwella
Sarfaraz Ahmed

Alternate lineup
Batsmen
Babar Azam
D Karunaratne
Asad Shafiq
Azhar Ali
Bowlers
M Amir
Vishwa Fernando
Yasir Shah
Rangana Herath
All-Rounder
D Perera
Wicket-Keeper
N Dickwella

The problem with the above lineup is that I have managed to pick only ten players and have a salary of 5 left.
So I take Herath off of the team, and add Nuwan Pradeep and Hasan Ali.

Indu

P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!

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