Azhar Ali Among 11 Cricketers Who Will Leave For Barbados On July 26
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Azhar Ali Among 11 Cricketers Who Will Leave For Barbados On July 26

Azhar Ali And Fawad Alam Photo: AFP
Azhar Ali And Fawad Alam Photo: AFP

Azhar Ali, Abid Ali, Naseem Shah, and Fawad Alam are among 11 Pakistan Test players to leave for Barbados on July 26. Pakistan national team’s Test specialist players will depart for Barbados for a two-match series on July 26.

Pakistan is currently locking horns with England in a three-match T20I series and will next face West Indies in five T20Is from July 27.

The visitors will then lock horns with West Indies in a two-match Test series which gets underway from August 12. The 11 players are Abid Ali, Ali, Fawad Alam, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah, and Zahid Mahmood.

Pakistan's Naseem Shah (Photo by DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Pakistan’s Naseem Shah (Photo by DAN MULLAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Azhar Ali Among 11 Cricketers Who Will Enter A Bio-Secure Bubble In A Lahore Hotel Before Departing For Barbados

The 11 cricketers including former Pakistan skipper Ali will join the remaining Test players in the West Indies after finishing their 10-day training and conditioning camp at the National Stadium Karachi on Saturday. The players will now enter a bio-secure bubble in a Lahore hotel on July 22 before departing for Barbados.

“Before entering the bio-secure bubble, the players will undergo COVID-19 tests at their respective home towns on Monday, 19 July,” The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement.

Azhar Ali AFP
Azhar Ali AFP

The players will have another round of Covid-19 testing on their arrival in the team hotel in Lahore on Thursday. The final round of testing will be conducted on July 24 before the player’s departure in the wee hours of July 26 to Barbados en-route London. The first West Indies-Pakistan Test will be played at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica from August 12. The 2nd Test will be at the same venue and will get underway from August 20.

Azhar Ali has amassed 6579 runs from 87 Tests averaging 43.28 with 18 tons with a highest of unbeaten 302. Fawad Alam played 3 Tests in 2009 before being recalled in 2020 to play against England. He has scored 3 tons in each of the last three series against New Zealand, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Liam Livingstone’s Fastest T20I Ton By An England Player Goes In Vain

Meanwhile, in the first T20I, Liam Livingstone scored the fastest T20I century by an England player but failed to take the hosts over the line as Pakistan recorded a 31-run win on Friday. With this win, Pakistan has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Liam Livingstone smashed nine sixes and six fours in a scintillating 103 off 43 balls but Pakistan bowlers held their nerve to eke out a hard-fought win.

In the 1st T20I, Pakistan scored a monumental 232 largely due to openers Babar Azam’s 85 and Mohammad Rizwan’s 63 and then bowled out opponents England for 201.

Liam Livingstone made a 42-ball century, the fastest in England's T20I history Getty Images
Liam Livingstone made a 42-ball century, the fastest in England’s T20I history Getty Images

Liam Livingstone smashed nine sixes and six fours in a scintillating 103 off 43 balls but Pakistan bowlers held their nerve to eke out a hard-fought win. Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan picked 3 scalps apiece.

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