In-form Pakistan are seeking to build on their recent thrilling one-day triumph in South Africa when they take on dangerous but rusty Sri Lanka in a five-match series starting in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.
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Sri Lanka retained their status as the world's top Twenty20 team by beating Pakistan by 24 runs in a thrilling finish to the second game in Dubai on Friday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the winners of the LG ICC Awards for the year 2013. And Australian captain Michael Clarke has bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. In the limited overs format, former Sri Lankan captain Kumara Sangakkara has been named as the ODI Cricketer of the Year. Meanwhile, promising Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been chosen as the Emerging Cricketer of the Year. This is an honour which the Saurashtra batsman is indeed going to cherish hugely as it happens to be his maiden award on the ICC podium. Earlier this month, on December 3, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was anointed as the winner of the LG People's Choice award.
Pakistan left out opener Nasir Jamshed and middle-order batsman Umar Amin from their 15-man squad for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka starting in Sharjah from Wednesday.
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal vowed his team would come back hard at Pakistan in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai on Friday to keep their world number one ranking intact.
Dashing allrounder Shahid Afridi starred in Pakistan's exciting three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 international at Dubai stadium on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan will use their two-match series in Dubai starting on Wednesday to size each other up ahead of the World Twenty20 in three months' time.
Zaheer Khan has made a comeback into the Indian team after spending over an year in the wilderness, owing to his woeful form and fitness issues, the latter being the worse of the two.
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene has opted out of Sri Lanka's limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month due to personal reasons, an official said on Tuesday.