Worcester: Pakistan men’s team captain Azhar Ali believes the scenario-based matches will prove to be beneficial for the players to ready themselves for the all-important Test series against England.
Pakistan arrived in England on June 28 and started their training at Black Finch Road, Worcestershire on 30 June after a gap of more than three months.
“We are playing cricket after a long time and it is not going to be easy to start at full-strength. We have to go step-by-step and I am very happy that the boys utilized their practice time of four days well,” Azhar told pcb.com.pk while reviewing Pakistan’s first week of training
“No matter how much you practice, playing matches is always more beneficial. If you spend half of your practice’s time in scenario-based matches, it gives you a lot more confidence. Playing this scenario-based match was very important for us,” he added.
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Azhar is optimistic that his players will be ready for the challenge when the series arrives.”Both batsmen and bowlers have adapted to the conditions. Definitely, the players are going to need some time to adjust. Despite the break, they are in good shape which is a positive sign for us,” he maintained.
The skipper was happy to see batsmen batting well with total control. He also emphasized the importance of having Mohammad Abbas as he has played county cricket in England.
“All the batsmen batted quite well especially Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq and Abid Ali seemed in total control, Shan Masood adapted well to the conditions and Mohammad Rizwan looked in good shape,” he added.
“Abbas is our experienced bowler and his presence is of advantage for us as he also keeps guiding the youngsters. He is someone who can be a very important member of the attack for us,” he maintained.
Pakistan are currently under a 14-day quarantine period, following which they will travel to Derbyshire on 13 July.
It must be noted that the schedule of the series have been released. According to the schedule, Pakistan will play the first Test of the three-match series from 5-9 August at Old Trafford, Manchester. The second and third Tests will be played from 13-17 August and 21-25 August, respectively at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.