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Concentrate on Lankan Tour

Written by Commoner on December 29th, 2008   (43 views)

Well, all the crisis aside and all the tensions and skirmishes within board and team aside, all in Pakistan must focus singularly on the upcoming Sri Lankan tour, which is crucial for the Pakistani cricket.

The series was lined up by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) soon after India refused to tour Pakistan for a much-awaited series in January-February next year over last month’s terror attacks in Mumbai. Sri Lanka cricket officials accepted a PCB invitation to play a series in Pakistan.

According to the schedule that is yet to approved, Sri Lanka will begin the first leg of the tour by playing back-to-back one-dayers on January 22 and 25 at Karachi’s National Stadium. The two teams will then fly out for Faisalabad for the third ODI on January 28. Lahore will play host to the last two games of the one-day series on January 30 and February 1. Then will come the test matches.

While Sri Lanka comes, the PCB hasn’t wasted time. They have done a very good job of engaging players into the domestic cricket. It’s very good to learn that in the period that Pakistan have had no international cricket the board has laid lot of emphasis on domestic cricket. The participation of top players has helped raise the bar in the domestic events and it has helped the selectors to observe the players closely.

National selectors and the Pakistan team management are to sit down together next month to choose a strong team for the home series against Sri Lanka in January-February on the basis of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Championship. They will also try to single out the successor of Mohammad Yousuf.

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