Earlier in 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20I in Pakistan but the big names refused to participate in the event. Sri Lankan cricketers Upul Tharanga, Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, and Akila Dananjaya had then refrained from playing.
One of the things that goes in favour of Misbah is that he has played with most of the guys in the squad and knows them well. PCB is expected to name the new head coach for the side before the international assignment against Sri Lanka.
The PCB has on the directives of prime minister Imran Khan decided to revamp its domestic structure with first class competition now being limited to just six provincial teams while 16 regional teams will compete in division two tournament.