Pakistan makes a surprising decision among five alterations for Sri Lanka.

Pakistan have taken the shocking decision to drop opener Fakhar Zaman from their squad for Thursday’s Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka.

Fakhar has struggled for consistency during the Asia Cup, with a best score of 27 and 61 runs at an average of 20.33.

While Fakhar did not score large during the Asia Cup, he did contribute three consecutive ODI century against New Zealand at the start of the year and is ranked inside the top ten in the MRF Tyres ODI Batter Rankings.

The left-hander has been replaced by Mohammad Haris, one of five changes announced by Pakistan for their vital Super Four encounter against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Injuries forced Pakistan’s selection, with Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Salman Ali Agha (eye) all missing out, and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf removed with Fakhar.

In the absence of Naseem and Rauf, fellow all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz replaces Ashraf, while Mohammad Wasim and Zaman Khan receive opportunities to demonstrate their abilities alongside speed spearhead Shaheen Afridi.

Babar Azam’s team must overcome Sri Lanka to proceed to this year’s Asia Cup final against India, but Sri Lanka merely needs to avoid defeat to advance.

Mohammad Haris, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, and Zaman Khan for Pakistan.