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The first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan starts at 11.30am (Sri Lanka time) at Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan is playing a Test series for the first time, after a long time, without Misbah-Ul-Haq and Younis Khan. 

Sri Lanka will have to choose between Kaushal Silva and uncapped Sadeera Samarawickrama as they seek an opener to replace the unavailable Upul Tharanga.

Samarawickrama has been in better domestic form and perhaps deserves to play the first Test, but the selectors will worry that with Roshen Silva also likely to debut down the order, there will be too many inexperienced batsmen in the XI.

Though Dilruwan Perera has been in good batting form, Lakshan Sandakan's wicket-taking potential should see him play as the second spinner.

Pakistan (possible): 

1 Shan Masood, 
2 Sami Aslam, 
3 Azhar Ali, 
4 Asad Shafiq, 
5 Babar Azam, 
6 Haris Sohail, 
7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk and capt.), 
8 Mohammad Amir, 
9 Yasir Shah, 
10 Hasan Ali, 
11 Mohammad Abbas


Sri Lanka (possible): 

1 Dimuth Karunaratne 
2 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 
3 Kusal Mendis, 
4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), 
5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 
6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk) 
7 Roshen Silva 
8 Rangana Herath, 
9 Suranga Lakmal, 
10 Lakshan Sandakan, 
11 Nuwan Pradeep

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