Pakistan are set to cross swords with England in three ODIs and as many T20Is starting July 8. England are a formidable side, the Word Champions, and beating them in their home den is a massive ask from the Men in Green. However, all-rounder Shadab Khan is confident of Pakistan’s win against the Three Lions.
While speaking to www.pcb.com.pk, Shadab said Pakistan are in no mood to show any leniency and are in England to win the series.
“Surely, England are the ODI world champions, but we come into the series after playing some good cricket against them in the past,” said Shadab. “The passion and love of these guys for the game is evident by the energy they have put in in the practice session today. It is great to be reunited as a team after competing against each other in the successful HBL Pakistan Super League 6.”
While admitting that conditions in England will be different to the UAE, he opined that the players are into their groove after playing some very good cricket in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League.
“Of course, English conditions are different from UAE but HBL PSL 6 has given us momentum and rhythm and we would like to keep this momentum going by playing some exciting and competitive cricket,” he added.
Shadab further scrutinized Pakistan’s batting and said they have plenty of quality at disposal. He cited the examples of Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq, who were brilliant against South Africa, and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who’ve been terrific over the last year, to justify his claim.
“If you look at our squad, Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq have played extraordinary innings in South Africa. Fakhar has scored two centuries in three matches, while Imam scored two half-centuries which show our opening pair is settled in this format,” he said. “Our middle-order is strong too with Babar Azam – who needs no introduction – and Mohammad Rizwan, who is fresh from winning the HBL PSL 6. Haris Sohail is back in the side having scored over 50 runs per innings in the UK.”
The spinner also lauded Pakistan’s pace duo of Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali by terming them as match winners.
“Our bowling department is beefed up by Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, who are match winners. So we are very confident and hopeful of showing our full potential in the upcoming games,” he concluded.
8 July – 1st ODI, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
10 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s, London
13 July – 3rd ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
16 July – 1st T20I, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
18 July – 2nd T20I, Headingley, Leeds
20 July – 3rd T20I, Old Trafford, Manchester
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