Sarfraz, Chandimal look for new beginning

Published : 9:55 am  September 28, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (114) reads | 

SL vs Pakistan Test Series

 

Rival Captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Dinesh Chandimal hope the two-match Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka starting today (28) in Abu Dhabi will give them a new beginning.

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Pakistan want to turn the page after the retirement of their two greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq while Sri Lanka will look to lift their recent poor showing in the longer format.


Ahmed, who will lead Pakistan for the first time in Tests, is confident that his team will avail the first opportunity.
“Obviously, you have two great players who were playing consistently but you have to move on,” said Ahmed yesterday.


“We have to remember the disciplines (of Younis and Misbah) and whatever they told us should be implemented on the field and start afresh,” said Ahmed, who has already led Pakistan in one-day and Twenty20 international.


“This is my first opportunity as captain in Tests, so I will be up for that challenge and my players are also up to that and are very excited at this prospect.” 


Ahmed said his team will not underestimate the opponents.


“Their team looks good,” said Ahmed of Sri lanka. “They have (Lahiru) Thirimanne and Kaushal Silva back so both the teams are young and I think it will be a good series.” 

 

 

This is my first opportunity as captain in Tests, so I will be up for that challenge and my players are also up to that and are very excited at this prospect

 

Meanwhile, Chandimal believes Sri Lanka has the talent to improve after being thrashed 3-0 at home by India last month.


“From that last series we learnt a lot especially we have done more work on our fitness and fielding. All we need to win is one game and everything will fall into place,” said Chandimal, whose team has lost seven of their last nine Tests, including one against Bangladesh.
They also came close to losing to minnows Zimbabwe in July before pulling off a close win.


Chandimal said they can benefit from the retirement of Younis and Misbah.


“Actually we can have a very good advantage because the main two batsmen are not there in their batting unit but we will have to step up in our performance as a unit and we have something in our powers to do that.” 

 


AFP