Sri Lanka have never beaten Pakistan in a test series at home.
In fact the last time Sri Lanka won a test match against Pakistan at home, many of Pakistan's squad members were in their diapers; while some had not even come into this world.
That is an intriguing statistic, considering that Sri Lanka have beaten Australia, South Africa, India, and England at home in a test series in the last decade.
So what has kept Pakistan from losing a test match in Sri Lanka?
The last time they were there in 2006, Shoaib Malik's magnificent rearguard as opener saved Pakistan a test, while Mohammad Asif, in his pre-doping days, won another with his wily swinging deliveries.
Pakistan won that 2-test series 1-0.
In their tour prior to that in 2000, it was Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis who bowled Pakistan to victory in the first 2 tests before rain played spoilt sport in the 3rd.
Both of Pakistan's test series wins in Sri Lanka in this decade have come through pace and swing.
That is another intriguing statistic considering that Sri Lanka largely rely on their spinners and prepare pitches to suit the same.
This time round however, Pakistan do not possess the guile of a Mohammad Asif, nor the pace and skill of a Wasim Akram or Waqar Younis.
Umar Gul has been a revelation on T20Is, and has had some success in ODIs, but in test matches he is yet to produce a magical spell or two since his 5-for against India in Lahore in 2005.
While the other two pacers, Mohammad Aamer and Abdur Rauf, are yet to play a test match.
Hence, I doubt pace will be the key for Pakistan in this series.
On the spin front, Danish Kaneria has been a disappointment in my books; Saeed Ajmal is another member of the bowling attack who is yet to play a test match.
With such an inexperienced attack, Pakistan is going to find it tough to keep their test record in Sri Lanka intact.
I'm not sure what Pakistan's team composition is going be like, but going by what has happened in the past, I believe Khansahab is right in saying that they need to play all 3 pacers in Gul, Aamer, and Rauf.
That would leave space for only 1 spinner and I reckon it should be Ajmal.
But then Pakistan will be going in with as many as 3 debutant bowlers.
Wise or not, you tell me?
The batting doesn't seem to be a worry in my view.
Salman, Khurram, Younis, Yousuf, Misbah look like a solid line up on paper; they have it in them to deliver as well.
Barring Salman, all are very good players of spin; countering Murali and Mendis will not be a problem for them.
The number 6 spot is where the question mark is - Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, or Fawad Alam?
Recent form suggests it should be Fawad; continuity suggests it should be Faisal; Younis Khan's logic of not dropping seniors suggests it should be Malik.
Who will Younis go with?
I believe it is a good problem to have; either of the 3 are more than handy batsmen to have at number 6.
Come tomorrow, Pakistan will take the field for their 1st overseas test in 17 months.
That's a hell of a long time not to have toured anywhere for a test series.
Will Pakistan make the most of it and live up to their repuation in Sri Lanka?
Its up to Younis Khan to lift his troops up again for another fight.