GALLE: Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam confirmed left-arm spinner, Nauman Ali, because the substitute of ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who was dominated out of the second Test in opposition to Sri Lanka attributable to a knee harm.
Babar, in a Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) launched video assertion, acknowledged Shaheen’s absence will likely be dearly missed whereas confirming that the touring aspect will add one other spinner to the Playing XI for the second Test.
“Shaheen is our main bowler who provides us early breakthroughs. Unfortunately, he is not available so we have added another spinner, Nauman Ali and he will be playing tomorrow,” Babar confirmed.
“We will go with two pacers tomorrow and try to continue our match-winning performance,” he maintained.
Babar then went on to touch upon the Green Shirts’ historic and record-breaking overcome Sri Lanka within the first Test whereas claiming that the workforce at all times tries its finest to supply such performances.
“As a team, we focus on record-breaking performances. Every player takes his responsibility sincerely and tries to give his hundred percent,” Babar asserted.
“As a unit, we are doing good so far. In the end, there are also some weak areas and we will try to work hard and come up more strongly,” he concluded.
The second Test between Pakistan and the hosts Sri Lanka will likely be performed from July 24 to 28 on the similar venue, in the meantime, the Green Shirts have a 1-Zero lead within the two-match Test sequence after their historic win within the first match.