Lasith Malinga has been left out from Sri Lanka's squad for the Pakistan ODIs, while Angelo Mathews is again unavailable through injury. Sri Lanka Cricket said that Malinga was not considered due to his current form and in the context of Sri Lanka's plans in view of the 2019 World Cup.
Malinga has played only 13 ODIs since his return to international cricket in June this year, and his most-recent international match was the T20 against India, on September 6. In ODIs since his return, Malinga has clearly been struggling to get back into his groove, averaging 62.30 for each of his 10 wickets, and going at six an over.
Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal has retained his place in the squad as did Chamara Kapugedara.
The seam attack consists of Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep and Vishwa Fernando.
The first of the five ODIs will be played on October 13 at Dubai Cricket Stadium.
Upul Tharanga (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay