In a much-anticipated cricketing event, Sri Lanka are set to host Pakistan for a two-match Test series starting today, July 16. The series opener will take place at the renowned Galle International Stadium, marking the beginning of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 for both teams. This tour echoes the schedule of Pakistan’s visit to Sri Lanka exactly one year ago, as the teams commenced their WTC 2022/23 journeys with games in Galle and Colombo.
Cricket enthusiasts around the globe are eagerly awaiting the clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as the WTC serves as a platform for teams to demonstrate their skills and compete for the coveted championship title.
Following the conclusion of the first Test in Galle, the action will shift to the iconic Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo for the second and final Test of the series. As one of Sri Lanka’s oldest cricket venues, the Sinhalese Sports Club has hosted numerous historic matches and is well-regarded for its lively atmosphere and impeccable facilities.
Both teams will be aiming to build momentum early on in the WTC, which features some of the world’s top cricketing nations competing against each other over a span of two years. With a new cycle underway, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will seek to gain valuable points and establish themselves as strong contenders in the championship race.
1st Test: July 16-20 at Galle International Stadium at 10:00 am IST/ 04:30 am GMT/ 10:00 am local time
2nd Test: July 24-28 at Sinhalese Sports Club at 10:00 am IST/ 04:30 am GMT/ 10:00 am local time
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Nishan Madhushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dilshan Madushanka, Vishwa Fernando
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (c), Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Nawaz/Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Abrar Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi
TV channels and Live streaming details:
- Sri Lanka: TV1; Dialog & IPTV – SLT, SLC YouTube channel
- Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV; Sony LIV, Tamasha, Tapmad
- Indian subcontinent (excluding Pakistan): Sony Sports 2; Sony LIV
- Middle East & North Africa: eVision; Etisalat
- USA: Willow TV