Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur believes his team has enough potential to replicate their heroics from 2016 when they drew the 4-match Test series by 2-2 under the captaincy of Misbah Ul Haq.
Pakistan will travel to England after playing their one-off Test against the debutantes Ireland, where they will play a two-match Test series against the home side commencing from May 24.
Last year, the veteran duo of Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan retired from international cricket, in absence of these experienced players and Yasir Shah’s exclusion due to injury will increase Pakistan’s difficulties.
However, Mickey Arthur is confident of performing well on English shores with the available lot.
“We are definitely capable of repeating our heroics of 2016,” said Arthur.
He believes Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq can score big. Furthermore, he showed faith in Babar Azam and Haris Sohail who can pose threat to any bowling line.
“We have the likes of Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, who scored centuries during that tour at The Oval and Edgbaston. Haris Sohail and Babar Azam are also extremely talented and very capable of scoring big,” he said.
“The experience of Mohammad Amir in those conditions will also help as well as played an important part in the previous series as well as in the Champions Trophy triumph,” he added.
As per Mickey Arthur, England is also going through a transitional phase with Joe Root and Alastair Cook are the only permanent members of the team.
“England themselves are going through a transitional phase,” he said. “Only Joe Root and Alastair Cook are established. Even though they have good players, but even then there is uncertainty about who will play. We know their weakness and will try to exploit it.”