Pakistan tour to England 2021 [Preview]
Pakistan is scheduled to tour England in the month of July to play three ODIs and three T20Is, starting from 8th July at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
After breaching bio-secure protocols during UAE leg of PSL, Haider Ali has been excluded from the ODI and T20I squads for the tour of England. Experienced middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood has been rewarded for his excellent performances for Multan Sultans in the recently concluded PSL. He has managed earn his recall to the national side after almost five years.
Uncapped batsmen Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique and Saud Shakeel have been named in limited-overs squad for the tour of UK. Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail are experienced players in the batting department besides Captain Babar Azam.
Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf are three all-rounders who can provide utility with bat and ball for Pakistan.
Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are four prominent pacers for the limited-overs series against England.
Despite having a tough in time in the UAE leg of PSL, experienced players Mohammad Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan have retained their place in the T20I squad for the tour of England.
Uncapped wicket-keeper Azam Khan and medium-pacer Mohammad Wasim Jr. have earned their call-up to the T20I squad for the three-match series in England.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the experienced trio of Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez to do the bulk of the scoring.
In the T20 format, Pakistan have shown excellent form this season and registered back-to-back series victories against South Africa at home and away conditions. The Men in Green will be looking to kick-start their tour on a positive note and can push England close in this ODI and T20I series.
On the other hand, England recently completed a clean sweep over Sri Lanka in three-match T20I series played in England. David Willey, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid delivered excellent performances for England in the shortest format of the game.
The three Lions are currently playing three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. The home side might not make wholesale changes for the series against Pakistan. After showing decent form for Durham, All-rounder Ben Stokes, who will definitely more firepower to the T20I squad.
Jofra Archer might not be available as team management will be hoping that pacer can get fit in time for the Test series against India.
Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, David Willey and Chris Jordan are prominent pacers for the side for this three-match ODI series against Pakistan.
Liam Dawson, George Garton, Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone will retain their place in the ODI and T20I squad for Pakistan series.
England captain Eoin Morgan will be hoping that new players can raise their hands and deliver the goods with bat and ball. Joe Root is expected to participate in the three-match one-day series, while Sam Curran has been named as a genuine all-rounder in the setup for the home series against Pakistan.
The first ODI between Pakistan and England will be played at Cardiff on 8th July. The second ODI between England and Pakistan will be played at Lords on 10th July. The third and final ODI between England and Pakistan will be played at Edgbaston on 13th July.
The culmination of the ODI series will see Eoin Morgan’s England take on Babar Azam’s Pakistan in a three-match T20I series.
The openingT20I between England and Pakistan will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on 16th July. The second T20I between England and Pakistan will be played at Headingley in Leeds on 18th July. The third and final T20I will be played at Emirates Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on 20th July.