KANDY, Apr. 01, 2006 (AFP) – The Sri Lankan team is hoping to give former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya a grand farewell by winning the second and final Test against Pakistan starting here on Monday. Left-handed Jayasuriya, 36, Sri Lanka’s highest run-scorer in both Test cricket and one-day internationals, announced his retirement from Tests on Friday.
“We haven’t beaten Pakistan for 20 years at home. It is going to be the last Test for Sanath and he deserves a grand send-off for what he has been for cricket,” said assistant coach Trevor Penny.
Penny, who took charge after coach Tom Moody flew to England to attend the funeral of his father-in-law, said the team would miss Jayasuriya, who will continue to play one-dayers.
“We won’t be doing anything drastically different but just stick to the basics and try to come up with a good show,” Penny said about the match.
The opening Test ended in a draw in Colombo after the home side set an improbable 458-run target for Pakistan, who played out over four sessions to save the match.
The home side will not be risking experienced paceman Chaminda Vaas, who is recovering from a side strain and have named an unchanged squad.
“He has sort