Sri Lanka announce Twenty20 team for Pakistan series

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Following Story was posted prior to the beginning of 4th ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah on October 20, 2017.

Following the players' refusal to travel to Lahore, Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala had told Cricbuzz that that one squad will be named for all three games and accordingly Perera was named as captain for the entire series.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan are now playing out a 5-match ODI series in the UAE which the latter has already wrapped up following victories in the first three matches.

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The last time Sri Lanka were in Pakistan was when their team bus was attacked by militants in March 2009.

The committee was headed by a former captain Inzamam ul Haq.

The contentious third and final T20 of the series is scheduled to be played on October 29. He reached the milestone in his 24th ODI in which he also grabbed a five-wicket haul for third time. He was first suspended from bowling in December 2014 before he was cleared the following April. But he will be available for next both ODIs.

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If the Sri Lankan chief selector does stick to his words, we will most probably have a second-string squad representing the island nation in the T20 format against Pakistan with reports that the majority of the top players are not comfortable about playing in Lahore.

The two sides are now battling it out in a five-match ODI series in the UAE which will be followed by the three T20Is. The series begins later this month with two games in UAE and the last in Lahore.

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