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SL vs PAK Test: Pakistan return to action as they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test

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Pakistan is poised to make a comeback to international cricket as they kick off their World Test Championship (WTC) campaign with a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. This series, taking place in Sri Lanka, holds significant importance for both teams as they aim to secure their positions in the WTC standings.

The first Test match, commencing on July 16th in Galle, promises to be a thrilling encounter. Leading the charge for Pakistan is the talented Babar Azam, who captains a squad brimming with exceptional players. Pakistan’s team includes the return of the experienced Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has earned his spot through outstanding performances and is eager to continue his fine form.

Sri Lanka, playing on home turf, should not be underestimated, especially given their recent strong performances. They have a notable track record at Galle, with four wins in their last six matches at this venue. Additionally, Sri Lanka boasts a formidable lineup featuring stars like Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, and Dilshan Madushanka.

Probable Playing XI for Sri Lanka:

  1. Dimuth Karunaratne (c)
  2. Nishan Madhushka
  3. Kusal Mendis
  4. Angelo Mathews
  5. Dinesh Chandimal
  6. Dhananjaya de Silva
  7. Ramesh Mendis
  8. Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk)
  9. Prabath Jayasuriya
  10. Dilshan Madushanka
  11. Praveen Jayawickrama

Probable Playing XI for Pakistan:

  1. Babar Azam (c)
  2. Abdullah Shafique
  3. Imam-ul-Haq
  4. Shan Masood
  5. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk)
  6. Saud Shakeel
  7. Agha Salman
  8. Mohammad Nawaz
  9. Naseem Shah
  10. Abrar Ahmed
  11. Shaheen Shah Afridi

This series serves as an ideal opportunity for both teams to prepare for the upcoming WTC cycle. Pakistan, in particular, is determined to secure a much-needed victory after a year-long drought. With the presence of key players and home advantage, Sri Lanka is expected to put up a strong fight in this exciting Test series.

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