Former quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar has mentioned he desires to see Pakistan play with a positive mindset and never accept a draw in the much-anticipated Test sequence in England.
In his inimitable model, Akhtar mentioned he hopes all Pakistan players test negative for Covid-19 but play with a positive intent and problem England when the 2 groups meet in a 3-Test sequence in August-September.
20 Pakistan players and 11 help workers examined negative for Covid-19 upon their arrival in England. The first batch of players have begun coaching at their bio-secure Worcestershire base.
Meanwhile, 6 extra Pakistan cricketers, together with Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman, who examined negative for Covid-19 earlier this week after returning a positive test final month, will be a part of the remainder of the squad after flying out of Pakistan on Friday.
Pakistan will probably be led by Azhar Ali and the Asian giants will probably be hoping for a greater consequence after having drawn their final 2 sequence in England.
“I want to see players’ (Covid-19) test negative but want their mindset to be positive. Pakistan needs to play really good cricket. There is no cricket going on across the world and Pakistan will get to play against England after West Indies play against them,” Akhtar mentioned in his YouTube channel.
“I pray to god that Pakistan won’t try to just draw the series there. In the past, we could have won many games in England but I feel the mindset of the batsmen just wasn’t there. I hope the team is able to assess the situation better in England and come up with a solid team combination,” Akhtar mentioned.
‘Pakistan will battle in England’
Earlier, former Pakistan quick bowler Aaqib Javed mentioned he expects Pakistan to battle in England, particularly their bowlers following the ban on saliva in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Pakistan did well in the last two Test series [in England] and we were able to draw the Test series, but during the last one or two years England have really raised their game and the way they are playing cricket in all three formats is just remarkable,” Javed was quoted as saying by Dawn.
“Pakistan will struggle in the Test series as they have a quality line-up, They have world-class fast bowlers in the shape of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer as well as a match-winning all-rounder like Ben Stokes and also they have a fine Test batting line up.”