Sri Lanka announce Twenty20 team for Pakistan series

Imam-ul-Haq scored century on debut to take Pakistan to a seven-wicket win

Imam-ul-Haq scored century on debut to take Pakistan to a seven-wicket win

Following the players' refusal to travel to Lahore, Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala had told Cricbuzz that that one squad will be named for all three games and accordingly Perera was named as captain for the entire series.

Pakistan has already won the ODI series with two matches yet to be played on October 20 and 23 in Sharjah respectively. Tharanga aside, only Lahiru Thirimanne has scored a fifty in the series so far but that wasn't enough to topple Pakistan. For Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali finished with 3-37. Despite the minor glitches, Pakistan look set to take a leap in rankings by the end of the series.

According to Sri Lanka's Sports Law, all teams selected to represent the country needs the approval of the Minister of Sports.

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Sadeera Samarawickrama was handed a one-day debut while Suranga Lakmal and Seekuge Prasanna were also brought in. Imad Wasim comes back in place of Faheem Ashraf.

Even though Mohammad Hafeez being reported for the third time for a suspect action, Pakistan seem to have all bases covered in the bowling department. "He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in worldwide cricket until the results of the assessments are known", said an ICC release.

The Sri Lankan team will return to Pakistan for the first time since gunmen attacked their bus in Lahore in March 2009, forcing worldwide teams to shun tours of Pakistan over security fears.

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