Pakistan is all set to host Sri Lanka in the first Test match to be played in Rawalpindi Stadium, but it is expected that the weather in the city will play it’s part to disturb the game.
On Tuesday, the heavy clouds loomed all over the stadium during the practice of the visiting team. The weather is expected to be partially cloudy with a chance of rain on the first day of the Test match but the conditions are expected to hamper the play at different parts during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day.
In past, batsmen had a slight edge as Rawalpindi pitch offers a great platform to score runs but on the fourth and fifth day, pitch starts to become slow which gives advantage to the spinners.
It would be interesting to see Pakistan’s bowling attack whether they will go with two spinners or Yasir Shah being the only spinner along with three pace bowlers in the final XI.
Fawad Alam, who has made a significant comeback in the unsettled batting lineup of Pakistan is Test cricket. All eyes will be on captain Azhar Ali who will announce the playing XI before the toss whether Fawad is playing or not.
Pakistan Cricket Board has invited Sri Lanka and Pakistan first-ever Test captain Bandula Warnapura and Javed Miandad as special guests for the first-day.
The excitement has been building up more of a Test cricket returning back to Pakistan rather than on-field battle between the two countries.