Pakistan tough to beat - Angelo Mathews
Playing at home or elsewhere Pakistan are tough opponents to beat and
Sri Lanka will have to be at their best to do so said the Sri Lanka
captain Angelo Mathews.
Sri Lankan cricket captain
Angelo Mathews and Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq shake
hands as they pose for photographers with the series for the
HAIER CUP at a press conference. AFP PHOTO
Both teams are in a period of transition and the young players should
try to establish themselves and cement their places for their future
endeavours. Pakistan has not won a series in Sri Lanka in their past
three outings. On the last occasion their bogey man has been the
diminutive leg spinner Rangana Herath who baffled the Pakistanis with
his left arm leg spin. But Misbah-Ul-Haq the Pakistan skipper was
confident that his side which is a blend of youth and experience players
are capable of handling Herath.
The tourists will play three Tests, the first starting in Galle on
June 17 , the remaining two Test matches will be played at the P.Sara
Oval from June 25 to 29 and the third and final Test at Pallekelle from
July 3 to 7. The five match ODI series will begin on July 11 and the two
T20’s scheduled to take place after the ODI’s.
Currently Pakistan is placed ninth in the one day rankings and they
must beat Sri Lanka to get into the eight position or better before
September 30 to find a place in the first eight teams to be eligible to
compete in the Champions Trophy.
But coach and former Pakistan captain Waqar Younus was more keen on
winning the Test series and later concentrate on the ODI ‘s. “ My first
priority is the Test series, as we have not won a series in the last
three outings.There is a little more time for the ODI’s. We mustn’t
worry what is going to happen in the future.
I think it is too early to worry about it. Test matches, we know it
is going to be tough, we all know a home series against the Lankans is
not going to be easy.
They have proved it for the last ten years, this is going to be the
fourth series and we have to make sure that we do well.. So this time
around we are really looking forward to give them a tough time” said
Pakistan came back to big time cricket by winning a Test series
against Bangladesh and beating Zimbabwe in a limited overs series which
has given the players a lot of confidence.
Pakistan will miss their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal who has been left
out due to lack of form, but skipper Misbah-Ul- Haq was optimistic that
his side has enough resources to fill the vacuum created by the spinner.
Sri Lanka is playing a Test match after some time , as we know that
the Galle pitch usually assists spin bowling we do not want to try
anything different. But we cannot say in advance that what type of pitch
is in the offering said Mathews. He also hinted that Dinesh Chandimal
will most probably keep wickets as Prasanna Jayawardene has not been
included in the side. ‘We have many wicket keepers in the side ,but we
have still not decided as to who will don the wicket keeping gloves in
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