The England national team arrives in Pakistan after 17 long years for the T20I series and then three Test matches. Remarkably, several of the national team’s players have already played in Pakistan in the PSL over the past few years. The historic tour will not only test the strength of England’s bench, as several first-choice players, including skipper Jos Buttler, are unavailable for the Karachi leg, but will also serve as preparation for the T20 World Cup, as the 2010 champions emerge from a season in which the white-ball summer was not the most successful.
Moin Ali will take over as captain while Buttler is absent, but the likes of Alex Hales, David Malan, Liam Livingston, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid will be tasked with leading their team through the Karachi stage, after which Chris Wax, Mark Wood and Rhys Topley will step in.
For Pakistan, it will be an opportunity to dispel doubts about their team after their loss in the Asian Cup final and, at the same time, to rise in the eyes of their loyal fans. The starting pairing, middle order and squad depth were criticized after Pakistan failed to win, and it all started with skipper Babar Azam, who had a terrible period in the continental tournament, scoring just 68 runs in 6 innings.
The seven matches will feature several new prospects, while the regulars hope to gain their best form before traveling to New Zealand and then to the T20 World Cup in Australia.