Pakistan cricket team reaches UAE for Sri Lanka series

Caption NO COMPROMISE ON FITNESS Chief selector Inzamamul Haq said Yasir Shah was told in clear terms that he would not be selected if he didn't pass the final fitness test

The two teams will also play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s, the last of which is scheduled to be in Lahore on October 29.

He said the upcoming series against Sri Lanka will be tough as the rivals had some seasoned players in their Test eleven and he would not take them lightly.

Yasir Shah and right-hand opener Azhar Ali had cleared the fitness test and thus made it into the final sixteen. Sohail and Salahuddin have played one-day global cricket for Pakistan but are yet to make their Test debuts.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Bilal Asif and left-arm Mohammad Asghar are the other players in the squad yet to play in Tests.

The 31-year-old has been team's leading wicket-taker since making his debut in 2014, with a tally of 149 scalps in 26 Tests.

Commenting on the composition of Pakistan Test side without its retired stalwarts Younis Khan and Misbah, Sarfraz said: "Yes the absence of Younis and Misbah will surely make a difference and it will take some time to fill their gap".

While Dinesh Chandimal will continue to lead the team, the Lanka selectors have recalled batsman Kaushal Silva, who last played a Test in January this year.

Yasir and Azhar are part of 16-member squad, which has five pacers and three spinners for the short series.

"The first match in any series is always very important, so we would want to start it off at a winning note", stated Sarfraz Ahmed, during a press conference on Saturday. A fitness level before the match will determind their playing chances.

The two matches will be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai between 28th September and 10th October with the second one being a day-night encounter.

Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) said its executive committee had directed players and staff to cooperate with investigators from the anti-corruption unit of the global cricket Council, which announced its investigation on Saturday.

"Yasir was supposed to undergo a fitness test yesterday but he had pulled a calf muscle", former captain Inzamam said.

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