Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2017: Sri Lanka name captain for Lahore T20I

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2017: Sri Lanka name captain for Lahore T20I

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has named a squad of 15 players for the three-match Twenty20 global series against Pakistan under the captaincy of allrounder Thisara Perera.

Sri Lanka players who have refused to tour Lahore for a few hours to play the third T20I against Pakistan would be overlooked completely for the three-match series.

Much like a game of musical chairs at a low-key Indian wedding, captaincy in Sri Lankan cricket has passed hands excessively frequently in recent times.

Speaking to a local news network, the IG stated that sluggishness on the part of police had led to the attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether interim coach Nic Pothas will join his squad after expressing his own concerns about the match in Lahore. SLC has reasoned that as the team is only in Lahore for 24 hours, the absence of two regular members of the support staff will not make a substantial difference.

Bhanuka strikes at over 140 in domestic T20s with three half centuries to his name in 19 matches.

Sarfraz and his men have already wrapped up the five-match series 3-0, recording their seventh consecutive win in ODIs and the ninth victory in the last 11 matches after defeating Sri Lanka on Wednesday. He was one of two uncapped players in the shortest format, alongside wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka, who will be getting his first taste of any kind of global cricket.

That this is a very inexperienced outfit is no surprise. The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).

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