Pakistan to tour England next year

Not applied for head coach post: Misbah

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our correspondent

LAHORE

Pakistan to tour England for three Tests and three T20Is next year from July to September, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday. The five-week-long tour which runs from July 30 to September 2 will see Pakistan take on England in three Tests and three T20Is. The three Test matches will be played at Lord’s, Manchester and Nottingham.

The Test series will be Pakistan’s last World Test Championship (WTC) assignment in their 2019-20 season after they host Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in October and January with a tour of Australia sandwiched in between. The three T20Is come up with an opportunity to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in October 2020.

The tour will kick off with a Test at Lord’s, where Pakistan came out victorious in their last two matches in the format with the margins of 75 runs and nine wickets in 2016 and 2018, respectively. The tour also serves up opportunities for Pakistan to register wins at Old Trafford in Manchester where they last won in 2001 and were defeated on the 2006 and 2016 tours and Trent Bridge in Nottingham, where they last played in 2010 and are yet to win a Test in four visits.

Meanwhile, former cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday quashed all rumours about him being the next national team coach and said that he has not applied for the post of Pakistan head coach.

Speaking to the media after the second day of training at the National Cricket Academy, Misbah said, my complete attention is towards the camp. I am paying special attention to the centrally contracted players.

My aim is to get the players to have better fitness and to pick the best players.

 

Responding to a question about the national team captain, the 45-year-old said, the Pakistan Cricket Board has the final say about the captain.

He added, players will be picked on the basis of their performance in the domestic matches, however, fitness will not be the only criteria, the need of the team will also be kept in view.

 

Eighteen players are taking part in the pre-season training camp at NCA under the supervision of Misbah.  The campy which concludes on September 7 has been organised by the PCB to achieve the objective of enhancing players fitness and endurance ahead of Pakistan’s coming assignment of two-Test series of the ICC championship against Sri Lanka at home.

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