Pakistan ring changes for ODI series
PAKISTAN are counting on a change in format and players to overcome a resurgent Sri Lanka in the five-match one-day series starting in Dubai today.
Pakistan were upset 2-0 in the preceding test series, but are hoping to change their fortunes and continue the limited-over form which helped them win the eight-nation Champions Trophy in England in June.
They have only skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, batsmen Haris Sohail and Babar Azam and fast bowler Hasan Ali from the test series, while experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and opener Ahmed Shahzad are among the 11 who joined the squad.
Pakistan also have a young crop of fast-emerging players in opener Fakhar Zaman, leg-spinner Shadab Khan, all-rounders Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf, and pacers Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan and Usman Shinwari.
Sri Lanka have come from wretched one-day form, having lost 16 of their last 21 games, winning four with one no-result.
That included a 5-0 whitewash against South Africa and India and a first-ever series defeat against minnows Zimbabwe.
The remaining matches are in Abu Dhabi (October 16 and 18) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23).
Three Twenty20 matches will follow the ODIs, two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29). – AFP