However, the skipper said the onus will be on the Sri Lankan players to execute their plans properly.
"The last time we played Pakistan in the format was in the United Arab Emirates in 2017 and we defeated them in both the Tests". Lankan cricketers headed by Dimuth Karunaratne were provided high security normally given for a head of state on their way to their hotel.
Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali thanked Sri Lanka on Tuesday for returning to Pakistan for the first Test tour there in a decade, after a fatal militant attack on their team in 2009 drove worldwide cricket away. They highlighted 2009 Lahore attacks where the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by some gunmen while they were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium which had ended up injuring a few players. The first one will be played in Rawalpindi while the second one will be held in Karachi.
"We will try to play a good series here and defeat the home side", he said and added we had played good cricket against Pakistan in Dubai and Sri Lanka as well.
Pakistan has picked uncapped left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari in hope Pindi Stadium's pitch will live up to its reputation as helpful to seamers. Dimuth Karunaratne is going to be Sri Lanka's most crucial batsman for his solidity at the top.
"Bringing Test cricket here is our biggest accomplishment".
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The story does not seem to favor the local team in Rawalpindi, they have lost the three most recent tests in the place, while their opponents also have a useful source of insider information. Less than six months ago, the Sri Lanka head coach and batting coach occupied those roles in the Pakistan set-up, while the fielding coach is widely credited as having improved the fielding fortunes of the Pakistan side in his two years with the team. "Mickey knows everyone closely and how the team will prepare". No one has scored more runs in first-class cricket in Pakistan than him over the past five years, and demands for his inclusion became something of a cause celebre in Pakistani cricket circles.
"This is my first time in Pakistan, so I am really excited. We are confident we can win again".
"The series against Australia was tough and we were disappointed that we were unable to perform".
Ehsan Mani: "Our default position is that Pakistan will play all its home matches in Pakistan". "We also have to play disciplined cricket in every department".
Looking at the available resources and the batting form of Fawad Alam in domestic cricket, Misbah-ul-Haq will have headache in choosing between Fawad, Haris and Iftikhar Ahmed, while Abid Ali will have bright chances of opening for the hosts while Shah Masood, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam are the most likely ones, who will get the nod of approval to play in the first Test.
"You might call it a blessing in disguise if I do get the chance [of playing] in this Test match".
Usman Khan Shinwari, the 25-year-old paceman, has played 33 times - 17 ODIs and 16 T20s - for the country at the worldwide level but still waiting to make his Test debut. "It's a great pleasure for me".