Pakistan team depart for ODI series, World Cup in England

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Pakistan team depart for ODI series, World Cup in England

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team left Lahore in the wee hours of Tuesday for England via Dubai to play ODI series against England and also participate in the ICC World Cup
Pakistan will play a Twenty20 International and five ODIs against England before participating in ICC World Cup.
A 17-member team included Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain. Muhammad Amir and Asif Ali were selected for England series.
Pakistan will play the T20I against England on may 5 at Cardiff, while the first ODI of five -match series would be played on may 8 at the Oval.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is slated to be held from May 30 to July 14 in England. The first match of the World Cup to be played between Australia and South Africa.
Pakistan will take West Indies in their World Cup opener on May 31 at Trent Bridge. The much awaited encounter of the tournament would be played between Pakistan and India on June 16.
Earlier on Monday, speaking to the media at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Arthur showed confidence in the squad picked for the upcoming world series.
He said: “We have faith in our team. All 15 of those players have the ability to win games,” adding that they have to bring all their capabilities to produce results in their favour.
“We have worked really hard over the past two years. We are as prepared as we can be,” he added.
Speaking about Shadab being ruled out of the upcoming series against England, Arthur said: “He is a wonderful cricketer. As the buzz word nowadays goes, he’s ‘three-dimensional’. He plays a key role for us just outside the power play. However, we have tried to cover with another wrist spinner Yasir Shah.”
Pakistan squad has been announced for the tour of England to play the series against the hosts and later the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
Pakistan will play World Cup warm-up matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh after which first World Cup match of Pakiatan would be played against West Indies at Trent Bridge on May 31, 2019.
World Cup Fixtures:
Pakistan vs West Indies: May 31, 2019, Friday – Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Pakistan vs England: June 03, Monday – Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: June 07, Friday – Venue: Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
Pakistan vs Australia: June 12, Wednesday – Venue: The Country Ground, Taunton
Pakistan vs India: June 16, Sunday – Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Pakistan vs South Africa: June 23, Sunday – Venue: Lord’s London
Pakistan vs New Zealand: June 26, Wednesday – Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Pakistan vs Afghanistan: June 29, Saturday – Venue: Headingly, Leeds
Pakistan vs Bangladesh: July 05, 2019, Friday – Venue: Lord’s, London.

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