Pak­istan ring changes for ODI se­ries

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

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

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