Pakistan vs England: Men in Green depart for tour

Pakistan vs England: Men in Green depart for tour

Azhar Ali has acknowledged he's banking on his young pacers - Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi - to challenge the "still settling" England batting line-up. Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz have tested negative in their second tests but they would be sent to England only after two of their successive tests return negative.

Test skipper Azhar Ali said Pakistan the tourists were looking forward to playing in what will be some of the first Test matches since the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a global lockdown.

"I want to reassure the players and the official left behind that the PCB will provide them the best support and look after them during the quarantine period", PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Kashif Bhatti, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali and Imran Khan confirmed to have contracted the virus when their second test also returned positive. "We have a larger pool of player and have a lot of flexible options in our touring party".

"All the players are excited and confident for the England tour".

"With the Test series being played first in August, Misbah is satisfied with the group of players that are traveling on Sunday as the focus will be on red-ball preparation". "In terms of number of games, of course England have tons of experience in their bowling".

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Pakistan's highest Test run scorer with 10,099, Younis said Pakistan should also be cautious of England's most experienced bowlers - James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

The English team's top-order batting had lacked form, he underlined.

"We have all played a lot of county cricket so they know the conditions well". The seam of the Dukes ball remains prominent so the new ball will trouble batsmen and once the bowlers start sweating, they can manage the shine.

"I think if someone tests positive it is a surprise and this happened with our players but generally I think in this lockdown period the players have kept themselves fit and ready for cricket". "In a very short time, they have achieved a lot and that is a good sign", Ali said.

Former spinner Mushtaque Ahmed is the spin bowling coach of the team.

Pakistan drew a four-Test series 2-2 in 2016 and a two-match series 1-1 two years later. Their expertise and knowledge can be utilised and they will be helping them. All six games of the tour will be played behind closed doors in a "bio-secure environment".

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