'Challenging' Sri Lanka series awaits Pak players: Afridi

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Lahore, July 3 (ANI): Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi has said that Sri Lanka Test series would be challenging for the players, as they would have to change gear from the Twenty20 format of the game to the five-day mode.

Afridi said players would also have to make adjustments due to the different and challenging weather conditions in Sri Lanka.

"The series in Sri Lanka would not be easy at all it will be a big challenge for our players to make successful adjustment from T20 cricket to Tests as well the different weather conditions," The News quoted Afridi, as saying.

Afridi, who would not be featuring in the Test matches, said he decided to skip the three Test matches to focus more on the One-day and T20 game during the series.

"As it is I have not played too much Test cricket in the last few years so I wanted to take a rest and prepare for the one-dayers in Sri Lanka," said Afridi.

Speculations are rife about Afridi captaining the team in the bang-bang version of the game after skipper Younis Khan's retirement, but Afridi said he is focused on the game and not thinking about captaincy much.

"I have never run after the captaincy. Just playing for Pakistan and seeing it win is a big enough bonus for me. I am not thinking about the captaincy at this stage. I have just started training for the One-Day series in Sri Lanka," he said. (ANI)

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