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The World Test Championship is progressing and each team is performing to qualify for the finals. Australia and South Africa are the leading candidates who can reach the finals but Pakistan also have an excellent chance of making it to the grand finale. The first step toward reaching the WTC 2023 finals is to defeat Srilanka in the home conditions.
Is This Series Crucial For Pakistan?
Pakistan and Sri Lanka test series are equally important for both countries as it is a part of WTC 2023. The men in green are left with 7 test games and they have to win all of them to secure their position in the finals, if they win 6 games so still there will be a probability that they will qualify. The Lanka series will be a do-die for the Shaheens and to make their position strong Green Team will have to win it.
To see what Pakistan needs to do in the WTC to qualify for the final, read this:
What are Pakistan’s Chances to Qualify for the Final?
What Special Can Pakistan Do To Win Against Sri Lanka?
We all know Sri Lanka pitches suit spinners and they are spin-friendly, hence, it will be challenging for Pakistan cricket to play in Srilankan conditions, They have recently defeated Australia in a test match due to their quality spin. The men in green should bring back their Ex Spinner Yasir Shah. Consequently, he could get some favor from the pitch and the Shaheens should play three spinners in their team. The green team should select batsmen who are good at playing spin. They should give a chance to Sarfaraz Ahmed or Shan Masood who play spin skillfully.
Stats And Records That Can Be Broken In This Series?
There are some records and rankings that can be broken in this series. First of all Pakistan star bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi can climb up to 3rd position in test rankings by earning three points. The man in green captain Babar Azam can also climb up to 3rd position in the Test rankings if he gets 11 points. Pakistan Ex Spin wizard Yasir Shah can break the record of Legend Abdul Qadir by taking two wickets.
Can Pakistan Qualify For WTC 2021-23 After Winning This Series?
The Lanka series test series was the first step for the Pakistan cricket team to qualify for the finals and if Pakistan wins this. They will be in a good position but still, it is really difficult for the Men In Green to reach the grand finale. The Shaheens will have to win 3 match series against dangerous England in Pakistan and after that, they will have to win two test matches against the deadly Kiwis. This whole process is quite difficult but if Green Team completes it. As a result, they can qualify for the grand finale which will likely place in Lords.
It’s a long journey for the Pakistan cricket team to reach WTC 2023 and it is quite difficult after the Men In Green lost to Australia but still there are chances that the Shaheens will make it to the finals and to do so they have to defeat Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and England.