Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Tests: Suranga Lakmal out with dengue

Sri Lanka will travel to Pakistan for two Test matches without pace bowler Suranga Lakmal after he fell ill.

Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal after contracting dengue fever.   -  Getty Images

Suranga Lakmal has withdrawn from Sri Lanka's squad to face Pakistan after contracting dengue fever.

The fast bowler will not travel with his team-mates on Sunday and has been replaced by Asitha Fernando.

Sri Lanka confirmed the news in a tweet as the squad was preparing to depart for two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi.

 

Lakmal's absence aside, the visiting side boasts a full-strength squad, in stark contrast to the one that headed to Pakistan in September and October, when 10 high-profile players withdrew amid security concerns. 

The opening Test begins on December 11 and will be the first in Pakistan in a decade.

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