Pakistan’s new chief selector and a former batting legend Inzamam-ul-Haq has asked PCB to provide seaming pitches in order to prepare for the upcoming tour of England keeping in mind the pitches the team will play on in England.
Inzamam has told PCB’s curator in Lahore to prepare fresh seaming pitches for the team’s training camp which begins on the 29th of May. The former cricketer has also earlier convinced the PCB to send the team to England a couple of weeks earlier in order to acclimatize with the conditions by setting up a camp in Hampshire.
“Inzi has gone through the records of the England team in Tests particularly in English conditions and is aware they thrashed India 3-1 in the summer of 2014 despite India boosting of a world class batting line-up,” a PCB source told Press Trust of India.
“The feeling is that while Pakistan’s batting will be really tested out in English conditions the bowling has enough depth to cause problems for the English batsmen, something that other teams which have played against England have lacked notably when India lost in 2014,” the source said.
“Inzi realises that Pakistan’s biggest problem is that since 2012/13 winter when they toured South Africa, the Pakistani Test squad was confined to playing in the UAE where pitches did not test the batsmen,” the source said.
“The chief selector knows that since Pakistan will be playing a Test series outside Asia and Middle East for the first time since the winter of 2012/13 how the Pakistani adapt to the English conditions will decide the series,” he added.
Around 31 players are currently attending a boot camp at the military academy in Kakul and the action will shift to Lahore on the 29th of May where the new head coach of Pakistan cricket team Mickey Arthur will officially join the team.
Although Pakistan are one of the top ranked sides in test cricket but their success in the past couple of years has mainly been restricted on sub continent pitches especially UAE which is why the tour of England will be a test of character for the team who will have to play out of their skins in order to succeed.