While a series to win on the Sri Lankan soil, where the green shirts have been struggling from many years would be a morale boosting conquest for young Pakistani cricketers.
T20 skipper, Shahid Afridi prioritizing to give chance to young players to assert their credentials for the World T20 next year rather than just to try to win the series.
While speaking to reporters in Colombo, Boom Boom Shahid Afridi said, “Pakistan have done a good job so far by winning the Test and ODI series and we’ll try to finish off the tour with a victory in the T20 series.”
He also said, “I believe that it doesn’t matter whether we win or lose because the idea is to give chances to the youngsters and finalise our squad for the 2016 T20 World Cup. My plan is to bring in those who have been on the bench even if it means playing leg-spinner Yasir Shah in my place.”
Afridi also stressed that they will not take Sri Lanka lightly but Pakistan is quite keen to try “Mohammad Rizwan” as a wicketkeeper at the expense of senior gloves man, “Sarfraz Ahmed” as the youngster, along with Anwar Ali, has impressed with his sharp fielding and took some impressive catches in the ODIs to aid the visitors in their 3-2 series conquest.
Just like Pakistan, the Sri Lankans are also trying to assemble a good squad for the World T20 and of that objective, five new faces have been brought into the side.
He further added, “This is a series which gives us an opportunity to look at the youngsters which is why five new faces have been inducted. By the end of this series, we will know which ones of them are good enough to play in international cricket so that they can be a part of our World T20 plans.”
The last T20 between the two was played 18 months earlier in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 24 runs.