"We will have some senior players returning and I hope we'll play better cricket", he added, might having done well to remember Pakistan's dismal record in one-dayers in the UAE.
However, Pakistan cricket team has the same captain just like Test who is Sarfraz Ahmed but Sri Lanka has changed their captain for the ODI series. The drop comes after a mediocre batting display in the recently concluded series, with scores of 85,0,59 and 17 in the two Test matches.
Shafiq posted a fighting inning of 112 against the Sri Lanka, however, the batsman was unable to prevent another defeat, as the visiting Lankans went on to win the series 2-0. The five-match ODI series will be followed by the Twenty20 worldwide series - two matches in Abu Dhabi on October 26 and 27 and the final one of the tour to be played in Lahore on October 29.
The trophy unveiling ceremony of the Pak-Sri Lanka One Day series was held at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Besides, Pakistani top bowler Mohammad Amir could not participate in ODI series though at the first time, he was in the squad. Also, the new players have spoken to the players who had played in the Test series regarding the ground and conditions. Except the last T20I match, all will take place in UAE. Keeping the format into consideration, last time Pakistan played a 50-over game, they beat India to lift the ICC Champions Trophy.
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However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted to arrange all matches in their home venue but unlike others, the Lankan cricket team did not agree to visit Pakistan right now.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
So, Pakistan usually arranges their home venue series in United Arab Emirates instead of Pakistan. However, of the three wins, two have come against Sri Lanka, which could be comforting for them. Inzamam-ul-Haq with 2265 runs and Wasim Akram's 92 wickets top the list for Pakistan in ODIs against Sri Lanka.
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