Fakhar Zaman likely to be included in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests

The two-match series will take place next month

June 15, 2023
Zaman plays a shot during a Test match against Australia - AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is likely to be included in the squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

According to sources, Pakistan Team Director Mickey Arthur and Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed want Men in Green to play modern-day cricket in the longest format of the game which is why they want to include Zaman, who is known for his aggressive style of play, in the side.

The players have also been advised to improve their strike-rate in red-ball cricket.

It must be noted that Zaman was initially not part of the ongoing training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore but was later included.

It must be noted that 13 spinners and 11 fast bowlers are taking part in a specialised men’s camps at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. 16 batters will also be involved in the two camps that will run from June 10-15 (for spinners) and June 16-21 (for fast bowlers).

The camps will allow selectors to form the squad for Pakistan’s Test series in Sri Lanka, which will be national side’s first assignment in the third cycle of the World Test Championship.

Zaman has played three Test matches for Pakistan over the course of his career, so far, with his last appearance coming in 2019 against South Africa.

The Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka could be held between July 16 and 28, according to sources.

The matches, which are part of the ICC World Test Championship, are likely to take place in Colombo and Galle.

Sri Lanka Cricket will announce the official schedule for the series in the next few days.

The hosts are keen on finishing the series before the Lanka Premier League, which is scheduled to take place from July 31 to August 22.

Expected schedule

First Test – July 16-20

Second Test – July 24-28