England and Pakistan to use T20 series to gauge World Cup readiness

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England will kick off their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years on Tuesday with the primary of a seven-match Twenty20 series which assumes much more significance for each side forward of the World Cup in Australia subsequent month.

England had been initially scheduled to tour Pakistan final yr but it surely didn’t materialise due to safety issues. Jos Buttler’s males had been solely given the inexperienced gentle to tour this yr after a safety crew evaluated the state of affairs on the bottom.

England will play 4 matches in Karachi and three in Lahore earlier than returning in December to play three assessments within the second leg of the tour.

With Buttler set to miss the Karachi leg as he recovers from a knee harm, the facet shall be led by Moeen Ali, whose grandfather got here to England from Pakistan after the second World War.

“It goes to be memorable enjoying in entrance of the Pakistani crowds and additionally an immense honour to deputize for Jos Buttler, whereas he recovers from harm, and captain England,” Moeen wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

“Of course, this tour is necessary for cricket and it’s also essential for us as a facet.

“Seven T20s shall be a stern check in these situations and an excellent pointer for the place we’re, forward of the World Cup in Australia subsequent month,” added the all-rounder.

England final toured Pakistan in 2005 however at the least 10 members of the present squad have some expertise of native situations courtesy of their Pakistan Super League (PSL) stints.

One of them, Alex Hales, shall be notably eager to impress after his three-year absence from worldwide cricket due to an off-field situation.

Pakistan, in the meantime, will look to shrug off the frustration of dropping to Sri Lanka within the Asia Cup closing earlier this month.

Skipper Babar Azam’s hunch in kind, and their general batting strategy in 20-overs cricket, have been main speaking factors and Pakistan will look to iron out the kinks through the course of the series.

England start their Twenty20 World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Afghanistan in Perth on Oct. 22, a day earlier than Pakistan’s opener in opposition to arch-rivals India in Melbourne.

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