Sri Lanka and Pakistan will play each other in a test series. According to reports, the Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne It is doubtful to play the 1st Test SL vs PAK. The left-handed hitter suffered a hamstring injury before the series. Dimuth Karunaratne will undergo fitness tests over the next two days.
Sri Lankan and Pakistan they are set to meet in a two-match test series in Sri Lanka. The first SL vs PAK test starts on July 16. The match venue is the Galle International Stadium in Galle. Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka 2023 comprises only one test series.
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Dimuth Karunaratne Doubtful For SL vs PAK 1st Test: Reports
According to a report in the Sri Lanka Daily Mirror, Dimuth Karunaratne is a doubt for the opening match due to a hamstring injury. A source close to Sri Lanka Cricket told the newspaper that Dimuth Karunaratne will undergo a fitness test over the next two days in Colombo.
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If he is fit enough to play, he alone will travel to Galle for the test match. The source also said that if Dimuth Karunaratne cannot participate in the match, the vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva he will lead the team against Sri Lanka.
“In case Dimuth is not available, the team will be led by the 31-year-old all-rounder, Dhananjaya de Silva, who is already the vice-captain,” he said.
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The source also reported that the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has only finalized the team for the first test. The board will select the team for the second test after the start of the first test.
“They have selected the team for the first Test only. The team for the second test (to be played in Colombo (July 24-28) will be decided on the third day of the first test,” the source further said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani team is set to take on Sri Lanka in the Test series under the skipper. Babar Azam. Pakistan recently played a two-day practice test match with the Sri Lanka Cricket Presidents XI team.
The 1st Test SL vs PAK will be played from July 16 to 20. Subsequently, the 2nd Test will be played at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. The 2nd Test begins on July 24.
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Sri Lanka recently participated in the ICC World Cup 2023 Qualifiers where they won the final to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2023. Pakistan last played an ODI and T20I home series against New Zealand in April–May 2023. Pakistan won the ODI series 4–1. The T20I series ended in a 2-2 tie.
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