Adjusting to the Test format won’t be difficult, says Asitha Fernando
Asita Fernando, who has played only one ODI (against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in July 2017)) and 20 T20s (not T-20 internationals) believes that he will be easily adjusting to the Test format.
The 22-year-old right-handed fast bowler Fernando is Suranga Lakmal’s emergency replacement for the Pakistan tour.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from Nepal, where he is busy playing the South Asian Games Men’s Cricket Competition, he says, “well I love all three formats. I’m currently playing the South Asian T-20 games. Before that I played a 3-day game in Sri Lanka. So, for me everything is about my mindset”.
Incidentally, the bowler was “pleasantly surprised” with his late inclusion in the side.
“I was really surprised to hear that I am selected to go now for the Pakistan tour. Before the match day we had a team meeting and our team manager gave me this good message. I was really happy learn this and will take this opportunity”.
His family members have no concern on this trip to Pakistan, where the Test matches are scheduled to be played after a gap of about ten years.
“Yes, I spoke with my family members. Clearly they have no issues of me going to Pakistan”.
There are 5 members in his family including the parents and two brothers. His two elder brothers are married. Asitha looks after his parents.
It is to be seen whether he gets a chance to play in the final eleven in Pakistan.
“On Monday we playing a final against Bangladesh and he will only be available for the second Test match (commencing in Karachi on December 19”, the team manager and the tour selector Chaminda Mendis confirmed.
Asitha’s inclusion in the side has been sent to the new sports minister Dallas Alahapperuma for his approval, it is also learnt here.