Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has named a 20-man probable squad which will undergo a training camp for the upcoming limited-overs clashes against Sri Lanka at home.
The training camp is set to get underway at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore on Wednesday and will help prepare the side for the three ODIs and as many T20s slated to take place against Sri Lanka.
Misbah will announce the final Pakistan squad for the Sri Lanka clashes on September 21 following the conclusion of the training camp at Lahore.
The two biggest omissions from the 20 probables are veterans Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez who had both been earlier granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League until October 12.
Pakistan will first face Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series which begins at Karachi on September 27. The entire ODI leg will be held at Karachi before the two teams move on to Lahore for the three T20s which will culminate with the third and final clash on October 9.
Probables for Sri Lanka series announced— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) September 16, 2019
However, there has been a spanner thrown into the works for the proposed Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan with SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) currently reassessing the security conditions. The development came in the light of a tip-off from the Sri Lankan government for a potential terror threat to the tour.
Meanwhile, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has stated that the tour will not be moved to a neutral venue and is expecting Sri Lanka to honour their commitments towards visiting Pakistan.
10 senior Sri Lanka players including Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaratne had earlier pulled out of the tour citing security concerns with SLC subsequently naming rejigged ODI and T20 outfits led by Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka respectively.
Pakistan probables for Sri Lanka clash
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Babar Azam (vice-capt), Abid Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, and Wahab Riaz.
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