And this is who is going.
Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Malinda Warnapura, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Farveez Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando, Thilan Thushara, Suranga Lakmal.
Notice who is in, and who isn’t.
Dilhara Fernando is in after giving the selection commitee a hand job each.
Vandort is dropped after scoring around 50 runs in about 3 years.
Dhammika Prasads dropped after winning a test Sri Lanka may have lost in Bangladesh. That apparently means nothing.
Paranavitana has been picked on form. How positively brave of the selection mob.
And Suranga Lakmal has been rushed in too soon for his good.
With Maharoof, Vass, Dilhara and Thushara all in the squad, Suranga might only be required to run towels to the middle, but we would rather see him running in than Dilhara any day.
The good news is that Pakistan havent played proper cricket for years now. No, thats not an exaggaration about the year of test cricket Pakistans missed.
In 2007, Pakistan played 8 tests and won 1. In fact out of the last 20 tests Pakistans been in, they ‘ve chalked up 5 wins. Not the most inspirational stuff.
But they do have a dodgy record against SL, not in terms of poor performance, but they tend to loose at home more to SL than away.
1 loss away compared to 6 at home. Weird.
Since 2000, SL have been in Pakistan for 6 tests and won 4 of those.
So it all points to a good series, which makes it a great shame that they trying to make this all about Mahela.