Pakistan cricket team left for their tour of England on June 26th , the tour is scheduled to start on the 29th of August, later this year. The team is being flown down there in a chartered service who will have to be in a 14-day quarantine period in Worcester.
Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan’s white-ball team posted on twitter : “On our way to another historic Pakistan tour to England. Its always great to play in England and I look forward to getting on this journey with our talented bunch of players. Fans, as always we would be in need of your prayers, love, and unconditional support. #PAKvENG #RiseAndRise.”
Photo of Babar Azam & team
The Pakistan-England series will see the two teams head-to-head in three tests and three T20 games. The already scheduled West Indies tour of England starts on the 8th of July, 2020. They are set to play three tests. This will help bring back confidence and audience back to cricket games which was hard hit because of the pandemic.
The recently concluded European Cricket Series (ECS)
sponsored by Dream11 has also seen a lot of interest from cricket fans around the world. As sports events slowly pick up pace with multiple big names like Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona all returning back to games, the general buzz around all the events is increasing multi-fold.
The Pakistan team is battling Corona on another front as 10 players have tested positive. This is already a big blow to the ailing team as this will also impact the playing 11 in a big way. Pakistan’s Test captain Azhar Ali was quoted in a press conference on June 27- “Their (England’s) top order has been quite fragile for a while since Alastair Cook retired. They’ve tried a few combinations and only now it’s just settling down; they weren’t very confident of their top order. Their Test team is in the process of settling down still”. This will be a great sign for the team as they prepare to face England with an army of young players.
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News Flash: 30th June
All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, legspinner Shadab Khan and returning fast bowler Wahab Riaz are among six Pakistan cricketers who have tested negative for COVID-19 for a second time in three days.
The group of six cricketers, also including Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain and Mohammad Rizwan, were tested again on Monday (June 29) after their tests dated June 26 had come out negative.
Pakistan 20-man squad already in UK:
Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (Test vice-captain and T20I captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir
Players set to join squad:
Mohammad Hafeez, legspinner Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hasnain, Shoaib Malik (July 24)
Author: Ansh Shah (30-06-2020)