Skipper Babar Azam vowed Pakistan will goal a spot within the World Check championship closing by successful the sequence towards England beginning in Rawalpindi from Thursday.
Pakistan are positioned fifth within the nine-team World Check Championship (WTC) and may have a shot at subsequent yr’s closing at The Oval in England in the event that they win the three-Check sequence 2-0.
In addition they have a two-match house sequence towards New Zealand to observe subsequent month.
“We are excited about that prospect of playing the WTC final,” mentioned Azam on Wednesday.
“This is an important series. We have a golden chance to achieve that if we win four of the five Tests to come,” mentioned Babar, whose aspect has 56 factors from 9 Assessments within the WTC.
They’ve gained 4, misplaced three and drawn the opposite two.
Australia leads the desk with 84 factors and are presently enjoying a two-Check sequence at house towards the West Indies. New Zealand gained the inaugural WTC by beating India final yr.
Below Babar, Pakistan have achieved properly in white ball cricket, enjoying within the finals of the Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup this yr.
Babar mentioned his gamers have ready properly for the sequence.
“We got around a week to prepare for the series so that was great and has given us some edge and momentum. The best thing was that domestic first-class matches were on so some of the players were already playing red-ball cricket.”
Babar refused to confess Pakistan — lacking tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi with a knee harm — is brief on expertise in bowling.
“Our bowling is good and will give a tough time to England,” vowed Babar. “Naseem (Shah) has been bowling well and whatever England have been doing I have that confidence and the belief that they will give their best to give us wins.”
Naseem is the one quick bowler within the squad to have performed Check cricket (13 Assessments) whereas the opposite three pacemen Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Ali are uncapped at longer format.
He, nevertheless, admitted England have extra expertise in bowling.
“Yes, England have that edge in fast bowling because they have James Anderson who is very experienced and give them an edge in that department,” mentioned Babar of the England spearhead who has 667 wickets in 175 Assessments.
Babar hoped England could be at their full power after a virus swept by way of their camp, leaving 13-14 squad members (six to seven gamers) sick.
“Yes, it’s sad to know that but I am sure they will recover and we face a full-strength England team in the Test.”