Pakistan team leaves for daunting England tour
According to details, the green shirts departed for the England tour from Lahore airport under the leadership of its test, one day and Twenty20 captains Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed respectively. Several Pakistani cricketers, including the test skipper have never played test cricket in England before.
Ready for England . Together each achieve more….. pic.twitter.com/qUi18ClEHk
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) June 18, 2016
A strict code of conduct has been prepared for the team members in order to avoid any controversy through out the tour. It should be noted that Pakistan’s Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned from playing international cricket after they were involved in a spot-fixing scandal which took place in the 2010 tour.
Pakistan’s test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said that playing a series against England has always been tough. He expressed his optimism that quickie Mohammad Amir will handle the pressure in the tour.
about to fly pic.twitter.com/Kz1X1QNzJi
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 18, 2016
Pakistan team will take part in a 10-day training camp at Hampshire in order to get used to the conditions in England and will also play two side matches before the first test match which will be played on 14th July, 2016 at Lord’s.
Earlier, the men-in-green had to undergo a near month long fitness boot camp under the supervision of Pakistan Army officers at Abbottabad.
Full schedule of Pakistan’s tour to England 2016:
3rd to 5th July – Pakistan v Somerset at Taunton
8th to 10th July – Pakistan v Sussex at Hove
14th to 18th July – 1st Investec Test at Lord’s
22nd to 26th July – 2nd Investec Test at Old Trafford
29th to 30th July – Pakistan v Worcestershire at Worcester
3rd to 7th August – 3rd Investec Test at Edgbaston
11th – 15th August – 4th Investec Test at The Oval
18th August – 1st ODI v Ireland at Ireland venue tbc
Sat 20 August – 2nd ODI v Ireland at Ireland venue tbc
24th August – 1st Royal London ODI D/N at Ageas Bowl
27th August – 2nd Royal London ODI at Lord’s
30th August – 3rd Royal London ODI D/N at Trent Bridge
1st September – 4th Royal London ODI D/N at Headingley
4th September – 5th Royal London ODI at Cardiff
7th September – Twenty20 International at Old Trafford