Fortunate to have Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi in squad: Azhar

Fortunate to have Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi in squad: Azhar
Manchester: Pakistan Test Skipper, Azhar Ali has termed the presence of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi in the squad as fortunate.

In a statement, Azhar Ali said that young bowlers are benefitting from the skills and expertise of seniors.

“Young bowlers are benefiting from seniors like Mohammad Abbas and Sohail Khan. We are fortunate to have Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi on team. I feel that Yasir Shah's experience in Test cricket will be quite helpful in series against England,” he said.

The test captain further added that returning to the ground after coronavirus is a challenge.

It is pertinent to remember that Pakistan's tour of England is set to include three Tests and three Twenty20 internationals.

The opening Test will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, from 5-9 August, which will be followed by back to back Tests at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, from 13-17 August and 21-25 August.

The action will then return to Manchester as Old Trafford will be the venue for three T20Is, which will be played on 28 and 30 August, and 1 September.

The side has been in Worcestershire since 29 June for their 14-day quarantine period during which they are training, practicing and playing scenario/intra-side matches. On 13 July, the side will travel to Derbyshire before arriving in Manchester on 1 August.

The team is expected to leave for Lahore on September 02.