Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed optimistic ahead of England tour

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  1. chandtara
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    KARACHI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Saturday said that he loved playing in Karachi during the recently concluded series against West Indies and is now hoping for the best in the upcoming tour of England, ARY News reported.

    Sarfraz while talking to the ARY news said that England tour has always been a tough task for the team but he is hoping that the selection committee would frame the best possible squad to compete strongly against the opponents.

    “The conditions are bit tough there as compare to subcontinent but no worries we will prepare ourselves according to the situation,” Sarfraz said.

    About the inclusion of young gun Fawad Alam’s inclusion in players called for fitness, skills camp, Sarfraz said that it was good to hear that the selection committee had contacted these players who were performing consistently in domestic seasons, but added that he cannot comment on which players will be picked.

    “The players were in the eyes of selectors that’s why they have been asked to join the camp; hopefully we will form a good combination for the series,” said the Pakistan skipper.

    Sarfraz, who now has the distinction of leading an unbeatable T20 side, said that he has worked hard on his batting to make it better and with time it will get improved.

    “To improve yourself you need hard work, the same I did and in upcoming times you will be watching some more changes in my batting,”

    Sarfraz, who also leads PSL franchise Quetta Gladiators, once again praised the efforts of the PCB to stage two back to back high quality cricketing events in Karachi.

    He also thanked the fans who marked their presence at the stadium on both occasions which showed the world that Pakistan is no more a “no-go-zone”.

    “Staging the PSL final and then the West Indies series, I think were the huge steps which might pave the way for some more cricketing events in near future,” said Sarfraz.

    The PCB successfully staged two PSL 4 Play-offs in Lahore followed by Grand Finale at National Stadium Karachi on 25 March. The event pulled the attention of the whole world and showcased a positive image of Pakistan.

    Meanwhile a three match T-20 series against West Indies gave Karachiites a ray of hope for the revival of cricket in the city.

    https://arynews.tv/en/sarfraz-ahmed-england-fawad-alam/
     
  2. Patriot
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    unless they don't prepare properly, kiss the Test series goodbye, even DRAW won't be possible. There will be insane amount of swing because its a pre summer series in England
     
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    Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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    They are going to the UK 20 days before the Ireland test, and a month prior to the England series
     
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    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

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    If they work hard they will do well, the Pakistan Test Team lost in Australia and New Zealand because they played quite a bit of cricket before and were not prepared, Last year they prepared adequately before the Champions Trophy and that got the results, before the England Test series they also prepared hard and they got good results, that series was longer and this series is shorter so I do expect Pakistan to draw the series as Cook isn’t in form and their entire middle order is unstable, the only threat is Broad and Anderson.

    I think if the Team selection is merited and the boys work hard we will do well in England.

    The preparation is also good as we get two FC matches and an Ireland Test match.
     
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    it will all be about selection. we probably dont stand a chance given how weak our test line up is, but its going to be significantly disadvantaged further by picking second rate players which is what inzi and mickey have been so keen to do.

    shan wont get into double figures most likely, amir will be deliberately underperforming so he can only be selected for more lucrative formats, babar cant play the long game at all and if he is persisted with, his failures there will start to creep into his short game, Aslam is playing the wrong format too, and shafiq has pretty much proven that he is a solid B+ candidate, given the vast number of chances he has been given.

    these guys in general are averaging 30's (low 40s for shafiq) in FC - how are we expecting them to do significantly better in one of the toughest geographies against a team ranked two above us?

    the last test team they put out (which failed) has a top 8 FC batting average of 291. take off a maybe generous 15% off for the difficulty of international over domestic cricket, take another maybe 10% off for the unfamiliarity of an early English summer and you have a batting average of 218.

    it will be a bloodbath.
     
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    Sarfraz is actually hinting at the selectors to pick the right test team and not the one they picked for the last series against Srilanka in UAE
     
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    Omar Cricistan Moderator

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    Depends when they're going to be in England as they're going to need to have good preparation for the 3 tests they have.
     
  8. Energy
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    Shame its only 2 games. Pakistan really need to play more cricket.
     
  9. Munna
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    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

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    After the competitiveness that was shown by both teams last time, this one should have been a 5 game series which even the experts complained about last series.
     

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