Former captain Rashid Latif says the result of Pakistan’s upcoming excursion of England is difficult to expect because the groups are taking part in beneath unheard of instances because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pakistan group, which is to leave for England on June 28, was once hit laborious on Monday with 3 gamers trying out certain for coronavirus. The first of the 3 Tests starts on July 30 at Lord’s whilst the three-match T20 International collection starts at Headingley on August 29.
“It is difficult to predict whether Pakistan can win the series or not because this time conditions and environment is very different from previous tours,” Latif stated.
“And don’t forget, even last time our batting generally struggled without Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in England,” he added.
Pakistan gained the primary Test at Lord’s however misplaced the second one at Headingley in 2018.
The 51-year-old Latif, who performed 37 Tests between 1992 and 2003, does now not see any control issues throughout the approaching excursion regardless of the squad having 29 gamers and 14 officers.
“I don’t think (to have problems) because (head coach) Misbah is a calculated and calm personality who never shuts the door on anyone. And I think because of this coronavirus pandemic I think such a large squad is necessitated,” he stated.
The former wicketkeeper-batsman additionally felt that the partnership of Misbah and batting trainer Younis Khan can be of giant assist to the group in England as each had a excellent figuring out and plenty of a occasions they have got come in combination to rescue Pakistan in tough instances.
“I think they will carry their batting partnership into coaching as well. I was disappointed that the PCB didn’t hire Younis as head coach of the junior team but even now I believe Younis has much to give to Pakistan cricket and should be given a long term contract as it will benefit the batsmen a lot,” he said.
Latif said with no crowd pressure — as the matches will be played without spectators — it would be intriguing to see how both teams cope in the Test and T20 series.
“Crowd drive does impact the gamers however taking part in in entrance of empty stadiums for complete 5 days can be a wholly other revel in.”
Latif also does not see senior player Sarfaraz Ahmed featuring in the Test series but said he may play in the T20 matches.
“It can be an unusual state of affairs for him having to sit down at the bench after having led the rustic in all 3 codecs. But, it’s one thing he has to get used to. He is a fighter and I’m positive he’ll make a comeback.”