Jayawardene To Get Home Farewell

The scoreboard at the SSC ground
The scoreboard at the SSC ground, where Mahela Jayawardene will bow out from Test cricket
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have moved the second and final Test against Pakistan to the SSC ground in Colombo, to ensure Mahela Jayawardene plays his final Test at his home ground.

Jayawardene is retiring from Test cricket following the series and the match had originally been scheduled to take place at the P Sara Oval, also in Colombo.

Now Jayawardene, who has scored 2,698 runs including 10 centuries and eight half-centuries at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, will end his Test career at a favourite venue.

The opening Test will be played in Galle, starting on 6th August, before the final Test begins on 14th August.

Pakistan will then play three One-Day Internationals in Hambantota, Colombo (the R Premadesa Stadium) and Dambulla.

Following the Executive Committee meeting at which the above fixture change was approved, Marvan Atapattu's tenure as head coach was extended until the end of the Pakistan series.

Atapattu was appointed head coach in April, leading Sri Lanka to Twenty20, ODI and Test series victories in England before the ongoing series with South Africa began.

Ruwan Kalpage will continue as his assistant coach and Nuwan Seneviratne has been appointed as fielding coach for the Pakistan series.

The committee also approved the use of floodlights when natural light deteriorates during matches, providing they are available.

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