First day of Galle Test washed out without a ball being bowled
GALLE: The first day of the Galle test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was washed out due to heavy rain in the city, ARYSports.tv reports.
Not a single ball was bowled on the first day of the test match.
The umpires abandoned play after incessant rain showed no signs of abating and the large covers at the Galle International Stadium became waterlogged.
Play will start 15 minutes early on the second day, weather permitting. But rain has been forecast over this southern coastal town on all five days.
It should be noted that Pakistan will play three test matches, five one day internationals and two Twenty20 games against Sri Lanka on the tour.
The green-shirts have not managed to secure a test win over the island nation at Sri Lanka since 2006. Pakistan will climb to the third spot in the test rankings if they win the series this time around.
Moreover, the visitors have to win the ODI series against the hosts if they are to qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.