Mickey Arthur optimistic to start England tour on a winning note


Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur is confident to start their England tour on a winning note as they take on Kent in a tour match on Saturday before their five-match ODI series against England from May 8.

“We will play with full strength against Kent in our tour match and try to give our England tour a winning start,” said Arthur through a video message from England.

The coach said that the team had trained hard in Lahore and now they have been preparing for their first game against Kent.

“Our focus remains on all three departments and the boys are working hard to get rid of weaknesses,” he said.

Arthur revealed that experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has shown immense improvement from an injury and is ready to play. “Hafeez has worked hard in the last couple of months. He did bowling and batting in the nets and I think Hafeez is ready to wear green once again,” said Arthur.

He said that these preparatory games are crucial for the team as they will play an important role for them to get prepared for the upcoming World Cup, slated to start from May 30 in England and Wales.

“We are not overlooking anything as we know the importance of each game. These games are a path for us to enter the World Cup with a strong mindset,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Sarfraz led Pakistan team is in England for a long 2.5 months tour where they will play a couple of tour games, a T20I and five-match ODI series against England and World Cup.