Karachi: Former wicket-keeper batsman Rashid Latif thinks that the national team should play T20Is instead of Tests on their upcoming tour of England.
The tour is scheduled to take place from the end of July to the first week of September. Pakistan is scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is but as per the 51-year-old Latif, Pakistan could play around six to seven T20Is.
Rashid suggested both the cricket boards to make a decision according to the current situation as it can also help the teams to prepare themselves for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“There should be options at the two board’s disposal as far as the Test series is concerned. I would not go for Test matches at the initial six-month stage. The next event is the T20 World Cup. I would ask them for six or seven T20 matches instead of the Tests,” he said in a Youtube video.
“T20Is happen in just one day if we want to look at it financially,” Rashid added.
Rashid added that the T20Is could provide support for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
“Playing T20s could provide both boards with a cushion during these tough times. This would also help the team prepare for the upcoming global event. We don’t know yet if the event will go as planned in Australia because all governments will create new policies due to the epidemic,” he added.