|Test Cricket Tours - Sri Lanka to Pakistan 2001-02|
Tour of Pakistan 2001-02 Captain: Sanath Jayasuriya
Second Asian Test Championship
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Sri Lanka’s 28th Test tour
Seventh Test-playing tour of Pakistan by Sri Lanka
(previous tour 1999-00)
As a tournament, the second (and last) Asian Test Championship was a failure once the event had been undermined by India’s withdrawal. Only Pakistan and Sri Lanka were strong enough to win so it became a two-horse race, with Bangladesh making up the numbers.
The organisers scrapped the meaningless league game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan after they had both beaten Bangladesh and moved directly to the final. Sri Lanka travelled to Lahore and dominated the final from its start. They fully deserved to become the current Asian Champions.
This one-match tour at least saw international cricket returning to Pakistan after the September 11th terrorist attacks. New Zealand had agreed to tour a month later in mid-April but a bomb blast killing fifteen people outside their Karachi hotel brought a swift end to their tour and further disruption to Pakistan’s cricket.
Other Sri Lankan Tours
South Africa 2000-01
Next tour of Pakistan
Members of the Test tour party (14)
Opening batsman: Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu.
Middle-order batsmen : Kumar Sangakkara (also wicket-keeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Hashan Tillakaratne, Russel Arnold, Tillakarante Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera.
Spin bowlers: Muttiah Muralitharan, Upal Chandana.
Fast bowlers:Chaminda Vaas, Buddika Fernando, Nuwan Zoysa, Dulip Liyange.
R P Arnold
M S Atapattu
C Buddhika Fernando
U D U Chandana
T M Dilshan
S T Jayasuriya
LHB opener SLA captain
M D Jayawardene
D K Liyanage
T T Samaraweera
K C Sangakkara
H P Tillekeratne
C U Vaas
D N T Zoysa
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(6 March 2002) :
27 yrs 8 months.
B'fd: Bloomfield (2)
CCC: Colombo CC (0)
Ct: Colts Cricket Club (2)
NCC: Nondescripts (3)
Pa - Panadura (1)
SSC: Sinhalese Sports Club (4)
TU: Tamil Union (2)
Key to type :
LHB left-hand bat,
LBG leg break and googly bowler,
OB off break,
SLA slow left-arm bowler,
RFM right arm fast medium bowler
Test Appearances made before the tour
Muralitharan 72, Jayasuriya 69, Tillakaratne 66, Vaas 58, Atapattu 54, Jayawardene 40, Arnold 36, Zoysa 21, Sangakkara 19, Dilshan 10, Liyanage 9, Samaraweera 8, Chandana 6, Buddhika 4,
Schaffter, a strong disciplinarian, was brought in as manager
Tikiri Banda Kehelgamuwa (chair), Brendon Kuruppu, Kapila Wijegunawardena, Amal Silva, K.M. Nelson.
Unavailable: Dilhara Fernando (stress fractures of back), Ruchira Perera (groin) and Prabath Nissanka (hamstring).
Tour Party Announced: 22 February 2002.
Not selected : Chamara Silva.
Time between selection and departure from Sri Lanka
(22 February - 3 March)
Colombo Q Lahore
The team flew out of Colombo on Sunday 3 March 2002
Arrived in Lahore later the same day, 3 March 2002
Time spent in Pakistan
(3 March - 11 March)
On-tour selection panel
The constitution of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board states: "Whilst on tour the selection of the team shall be done by the Manager, Captain and Vice-Captain" but inevitably coach Dav Whatmore had much influence.
PAKISTAN Test Match
WON 8 w
Time spent in Pakistan before First Test:
(3 March - 6 March)
Test appearances on tour
1 - Arnold, Atapattu, Buddhika, Jayasuriya, Jayawardene, Muralitharan, Samaraweera, Sangakkara, Tillekeratne, Vaas, Zoysa.
0 - Chandana, Dilshan, Liyanage
• Kumar Sangakkara scored 230, sharing a partnership of 203 with Jayasuriya and 173 with Jayawardene.
• Muralitharan had already taken four wickets in the first innings and now took 4-72 to dismiss Pakistan.
F Fixtures W Won L Lost D Drawn T Tied Canc Cancelled Aban abandoned
Return to Sri Lanka
Lahore Q Colombo
11 March not in Daily News
Time away from Sri Lanka
(3 - 11 March 2002)
Sri Lanka’s victory was as emphatic as Pakistan’s had been in the first Asian Championship in 1999.
Other Test tours in 2001-02
To general reading of The Times newspaper digital archive (Gale Group); Jamaica Gleanor archive; National Library of Australia Trove; Papers Past NZ.
From former British Newspaper Library, Colindale and online: The Age, Melbourne Argus, Bangladesh Daily Star, Barbados Advocate, Canberra Times, Daily Telegraph, Dawn, Eastern Daily Press, The Hindu, The Independent (Dhaka), Indian Express, The Island (Lanka), Lahore Times, New Nation, New Zealand Auckland Herald, Sri Lanka Daily News, Stabroek News, Straits Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Times of India , The Tribune Chandigarh, Trinidad Guardian, The West Australian.
cricketweb.net; ESPN cricinfo; cricket archive; www.cricketcountry; www.coverpoint
Magazines/periodicals including Australian Cricket, B & H West Indies Annual, The Cricketer International, Cricketer Quarterly, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Field Annual, Playfair Cricket Monthly, Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand, Wisden Cricket Monthly, Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack.
Men In White, A History of Australian Cricket (Harte), A History of Indian Cricket (Bose), A History of West Indies Cricket (Manley)
Biography and tour books (own collection and at the M.C.C. Library at Lord’s Ground) © ALL CONTENTS OF THE TEST-CRICKET-TOURS.CO.UK WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHT
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