Karachi: Pakistan’s former batting great Mohammad Yousuf, who enjoyed considerate amount of success as a batsman in England during his time, has said that the work is cut out for Pakistan batsmen during the upcoming tour of England because the conditions will be testing for the players as they have played majority of cricket in the past 3-4 years in friendly sub continent conditions.
“What worries me is that Pakistan’s test cricket has mainly been restricted to the UAE for the last few years and in England they have a lot at stake to guard their excellent test record,” Yousuf said according to Press Trust of India.
Although Sri Lanka have found it difficult to counter English conditions but Yousuf feels that Pakistan will put up a better show than their Asian rivals because of the experience in their batting department.
“It is going to be a tough tour for us and our first priority should be to ensure we don’t fold up like Sri Lanka has done in England,” he said.
“I think Pakistan should do better than Sri Lanka. Because Younis, Misbah, Azhar and Asad Shafiq all have plenty of experience but the key will be how quickly they adjust to the English conditions and pitches,” he said.
Mohammad Yousuf added that Pakistan’s last tour of England was a disaster and they should try to make sure that the team does not repeat the same mistakes this time and avoid any controversy.
“The 2010 tour I think was our worst in England in many years and this team will be challenged to ensure they perform better and the tour is not a repetition of 2010,” he added.
“If Pakistan does well in England it would have shown everyone that it is a top test side,” Yousuf added.
“The team is due to leave for England in a few days and the new coach is yet to join the players. I don’t think this is ideal preparation for such a big series.”