ISLAMABAD: The first cricket Test of two-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at Abu Dhabi from today Thursday.

Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan squad while Sri Lankan team will be headed by Dinesh Chandimal. Pakistan will step into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

Playing without Younis and Misbah is unaccustomed territory for Pakistan, who haven’t had a Test featuring neither of the talismanic, prolific pair in seven years.

The pair made Pakistan so invincible that they have not lost any of the nine series they have played in UAE, with new captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitting it will be tough to replace them.