Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene praised Pakistan's recent record and said that he sees a good challenge ahead for his home team, when they take on Pakistan later this week.
Meanwhile, Pakistan is hoping to build on their impressive record over the past year when they take the field during the full tour of Sri Lanka.
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said at the series launch in Colombo on Monday night that the task here is to win, but the longer goal is to take Pakistan high up in the rankings in all three formats.
It's a simple statement, but it requires a lot of work," he said ahead of the seven-week tour which comprises three Tests, five one-day internationals and two T20 games.
Meanwhile, Lankan Captain Mahela Jayawardana said that if you take Pakistan’s performances in the last six months, they have performed really well in all three formats, and to play them in our conditions is a good challenge.