Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman believes that they are adapting well for the Cricket World Cup preparation.
England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. Including Pakistan, a total of ten teams will participate in this tournament. The 1992 World Cup champions Pakistan will begin their new World Cup journey on 31st May when they will face Windies at Trent Bridge.
Before their World Cup campaign, Pakistan will play one T20I and five-match ODI series against the host side England from 5th May to 19th May. Due to this reason, they are the first side to land in England.
Before their limited-overs cricket matches against the host side England, Pakistan is busy in three limited-overs tour games. They have already played two 50-overs matches and they are ready to play another T20 match (on 1st May against Leicester).
In their first 50-overs tour match against Kent, Pakistan won by 100 runs. While they managed to score 358/7 (50 overs), Kent were bundled out for 258 runs (44.1 overs).
Pakistan claimed another big victory in their second 50-overs tour game against Northamptonshire. While Northamptonshire scored 273/6 (50 overs) in the first innings, Pakistan successfully chased down that target in 41 overs after losing two wickets and won that match by eight wickets (with 54 balls remaining).
It’s a good thing that our batsmen are all among the runs – Fakhar Zaman
Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman believes that their World Cup preparation is going well.
He recently said according to icc-cricket.com, “We adapted well. It’s a good thing that our batsmen are all among the runs. Irrespective of the opposition, when you make runs, it’s good for the mindset.”
Fakhar Zaman scored 76 and 101 runs respectively in the recent two tour matches. In their first tour match against Kent, Imad Wasim (117* off 78 balls) scored a firing century at no.7 batting position while Haris Sohail also scored 75 runs.
Talking about their batting form, Zaman said, “Wherever you make runs, you get confidence.
“Making runs, especially in these cold conditions, we’re getting good practice. We come early and get these practice matches to adapt to conditions.”
In recent times, the Pakistan national cricket team has some great experiences in England. Apart from some of their bilateral series success, Pakistan also won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England.
Zaman believes that the present Pakistan side is ready to continue their excellent results in England once again.