Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Security concerns in Pakistan resulted in many senior players pulling out of the tour of Pakistan, leaving Dasun Shanaka to lead the depleted side.
Hasan Ali could not make the Pakistan squad due to a back spasm and is set to undergo rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore
Shahid Afridi bizarrely claimed that the IPL threatened not to give Sri Lankan players a contract if they toured Pakistan.
Akila Dananjaya was on Thursday banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months following an independent assessment of his action.
Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan de Silva said they received the all-clear from the defence ministry to leave for Pakistan on Tuesday.
Both Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal have been out of favour with the previous national selection committee and the team management and were not considered for the World Cup earlier this year.
Javed Miandad urged all the Pakistani players to concentrate on putting up their best foot forward in the series.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three ODIS and as many T20Is in Karachi and Lahore between September 27 and October 9.
Some senior Sri Lankan players have pulled out of the tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.
The board said the Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Office had advised it to "reassess the situation" after it received "reliable information of a possible terrorist threat" against the national squad.
Lahiru Thirimanne will lead the 15-member ODI squad, while the 16-member T20I squad will be led by Dasun Shanaka.
Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Harin Fernando has rejected claims made by Pakistan Minister Fawad Chaudhry that India forced the players of the island nation to opt out of their upcoming tour against Pakistan.
Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said India threatened the players from Sri Lanka against participating in the upcoming series in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is, starting from September 27 to October 9.
Lasith Malinga returned career-best figures of 5/6 to bundle New Zealand out for 88 while chasing 126.
Lasith Malinga removed Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor off consecutive deliveries to reduce New Zealand to 15/4 in 3 overs.
Sri Lanka players Shehan Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis collided with each other to give New Zealand a six in the final over of the second T20I.
A century partnership between Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Bruce helped New Zealand to a series-clinching four-wicket win over Sri Lanka.