Pakistan’s national cricket team is set to play the first bilateral series against England in August since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March. Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has given his countrymen some advice to beat the strong England side who are currently playing the Test series against West Indies at home.
Pakistan is set to play the three-match Test and T20I series from next month. However, the players have already landed England earlier this month to follow the quarantine period and follow safety norms.
Scoring hundred is important: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja, who is cautious of England’s strong bowling attack, wants his team to score heavily to demolish the host. As per him, scoring only half-centuries will not be sufficient. He said that it is important for batsmen to convert their score to big numbers and amass centuries.
“Just scoring half-centuries will not be enough. Even if three batsmen score the fifties it will not do the job as this will not ensure a win. Anyone scoring a fifty will have to convert that into a hundred. This is very important,” Ramiz Raza said during a live session with fans on his YouTube channel as quoted by Dawn.
England vs Pakistan series will begin from August 5
The Pakistan team is currently in Derby but will travel to Manchester on August 1 before the start of the Test series. The first Test will start from August 5 in Manchester and the T20 series beginning on August 28 at the same venue.
Before travelling to England, Pakistan’s 10 players were tested positive of the coronavirus. Among them, Mohammad Hafeez was the big name.
The batsman caused quite a stir when he got himself tested at a private facility, which found him negative just a day after the first PCB test put him in the infected list.
The tour was unlikely to be carried on after the results but Pakistan and England agreed to carry on the series.