Pakistan will resume their international cricket in the early next month with the Test series against the hosts England. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels that the upcoming away series against England are going to be crucial for the Pakistan team.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, international cricket was off for around four months, and it just started with the recently concluded Southampton Test between England and West Indies, where the visitors West Indies won by four wickets. After the ongoing three-match Test series between England and West Indies, England will play a three-match home ODI series against Ireland.
Just after completing the ODI series against Ireland, England will be busy to host Pakistan in the three-match Test and T20I series, which will run between 5th August and 1st September 2020.
This is a very important tour for Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes that the forthcoming series against the hosts England will be important for Pakistan. Akhtar wants to see some good performances from the Pakistan team on this tour.
According to Cricket Pakistan, Akhtar said, “This is a very important tour for Pakistan. Pakistan needs to come out with something really good out of this [series]. I really think that Pakistan can do wonders after the first Test up to the second Test match. I wish them best of luck.”
The Test series between England and Pakistan will be the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. In the latest 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship points table, England are in the fourth position (146 points) while Pakistan are in the fifth position (140 points).
In recent times, Pakistan had some memorable achievements in the England tour. Apart from finishing their previous two Test series in England with the level margins, Pakistan also won their maiden ICC Champions Trophy in the 2017 edition in this country. Also, we shouldn’t forget their first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup victory which they achieved in the 2009 edition in England.