Pakistan A's tour to Sri Lanka, which commences in Matara on Sunday, is being looked at by both countries as one that could help fill vacancies created in their senior sides.
Pakistan has been the first country to suffer from the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup following retirements of senior players after suffering a 3 – 0 ODI series whitewash in Bangladesh.
Along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka also had some senior players quitting ODIs after the World Cup. Both sides are going through a period of rebuilding.
For Pakistan, where no Test-playing side has gone after the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009, the resumption of A tours is a windfall.
They are due to play three one-day matches and three four-day unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka A.