After mauling Pakistan in the ODI series, England sets their sight on the shortest format of the game. The’ Three Lions’ will take on the ‘Men in Green’ in three T20Is starting July 16. England missed the services of their A players after COVID-19 breached England’s camp and forced every member of the contingent into isolation. Consequently, England were forced to announce a fresh squad, led by Ben Stokes for the ODI series. The squad, despite being inexperienced, thrashed the visitors 3-0.
With players testing negative, England Cricket Board (ECB) have recalled their major players back into the squad for the T20I series. Eoin Moran returns as the skipper of the side while the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali also find a place in the squad. Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson and Lewis Gregory have been rewarded for their impressive outings in the ODI series with spots in the T20 team. Ben Stokes, who led the team in the ODI series, has been rested along with Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.
England coach Chris Silverwood cut short his family break to take charge of the ODI team. He will resume his holidays and will miss the series, leaving assistant Paul Collingwood to lead the group. The series begins on Friday at Trent Bridge, with matches to follow at Headingley on Sunday and Old Trafford on Tuesday.
England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex – captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire)
Pakistan T20I Squad: Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Usman Qadir, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Azam Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi