Sri Lanka women's team skipper Chamari Athapaththu harbingers scorching weather in Karachi will test the players as they gear up to face hosts Pakistan in the T20I series, starting from May 24 at Southend Cricket Club.

The touring side captain said Karachi is hotter than Sri Lanka.

"We arrived here yesterday and it's already too hot here," she said.

"Hot weather will be a challenge for us but as professionals, we are focused and looking forward to the games," she added.

Athapathhu expressed admiration for the preparations done by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"We are satisfied with the arrangements here for the series. PCB has done great job so far," the captain said.

Amid the chaotic situation in Sri Lanka, which is undergoing an economic and political crisis, the touring side captain said they are keeping their head in the game and focusing on the controllables.

"What is happening in Sri Lanka is not in our control. Our job is to play cricket and we are here for that," she added.

"In terms of preparations, we are completely ready for this series. We have some fresh players who are talented and looking forward to the challenge," she said.

Sri Lanka squad: 

Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Imesha Dulani, Prasadani Weerakkody, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Sachini Nisansala, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Anushka Sanjeewani

Standby players: Kawya Kavindi, Rashmi de Silva, Sathya Sandeepani, Malsha Shehani, Tharika Sewwandi


24 May – 1st T20I
26 May – 2nd T20I
28 May – 3rd T20I
1 Jun – 1st ODI
3 Jun – 2nd ODI
5 Jun – 3rd ODI