After a great performance in an ODI series, England is all set to face Pakistan in a 3 T20I match series. Starting from 16th July in Trent Bridge. Ahead of the ODI series, the England squad were forced to self-isolate following positive tests for COVID-19, with Ben Stokes named as their ODI captain. ECB was forced to name an entirely new side after seven members of the England contingent – three cricketers and four from the team management – tested positive for Covid19. Ben Stokes lead the inexperienced English side to a 3-0 victory over Pakistan.
England’s limited over the captain, Eoin Morgan will return to captained the team for the T20I series against Pakistan. However, Ben Stokes who successfully lead the side in an ODI series is rested. No. 1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan has also got his spot. Players like Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory and Matt Parkinson impressed with their performance and has been rewarded with a place in a T20I side.
Head coach Chris Silverwood will take a break from this series and in his absence, Paul Collingwood will lead the group. With the return of Captain Morgan and Jos Buttler into the side, some young guns are also be looking for opportunities. Let’s have a look at England’s squad.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom
Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt
Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey
After a 3-0 loss in an ODI series, Pakistan will look to win the T20I series under their captain Babar Azam, who played beautifully in the last ODI match, which Pakistan has lost. Pakistan the squad has included the experienced campaigner in the name of Mohammad Hafeez. All-rounder Imad Wasim has also been included in the squad along with, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
Surprise selection came in the name of Azam Khan, son of ex Pakistani cricketer Moin Khan. Azam Khan has been rewarded For his good performance in PSL, where he showed everyone, how much capable he’s of hitting big sixes. After a big loss in the ODI series, Pakistan would be wanted to start fresh and settle the score. Let’s take a look at Pakistan’s squad.
Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan (vice-capt), Arshad Iqbal, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Azam Khan.
Players to watch out for
After a great performance in the ODI series, Mahmood is all set to play the first T20I against Pakistan. After a great performance with the ball by taking 9 wickets in 3 games, he surely impressed everyone with his pace and line and length. If he gets a chance in an 11, he’s a player to watch out for.
England’s vice-captain Jos Buttler is also back after missing the Sri Lanka series due to a calf injury. He’ll be looking to perform and get some runs before the India tour.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam recently became the fastest player to score the 14th century in terms of an innings surpassing the likes of Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli and David Warner. After scoring 158 runs off 134 balls in the last ODI, Babar Azam would be looking to continue the same in the T20I series.
Matt Parkinson/ Adil Rashid
Shaheen Shah Afridi