Pakistan is all set to tour England in the month of June and July to play Three ODIs and three T20Is, starting from 8th June in Cardiff.
The series will see Pakistan return to white-ball cricket after two months. The two cricketing heavyweights will first compete in three-match one-day series. The first game of the series will be played at Cardiff, while the second and third will be played at London and Birmingham.
Therefore, Pakistan will be looking to continue their decent form after registering their maiden ODI and T20I series victories in South Africa. Captain Babar Azam will be hoping that the side can push England in the ODI and T20I series.
Due to covid-19 restrictions, Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester are the venues picked for the T20I and ODI series against Pakistan.
The home team will be coming in this series as favorites as recently completed a 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka. They are currently 1-0 up in the ongoing three-match ODI series.
On the other hand, England might see the return of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has played for Durham in the T20 Blast competition. The selectors will certainly looking to pick their strongest squad available for Pakistan series.
In the batting department, the home team will be relying heavily on the likes of in-form opener Jonny Bairstow, middle-order batting trio of Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes to score bulk of the runs.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Adil Rashid to outgun opposition batsmen with his leg-spin and he will be accompanied by pace trio of Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan to produce timely breakthroughs.
Liam Dawson and Moeen Ali are other spin options included in the T20I and ODI squad for the home series against Pakistan.
On the other hand, Pakistan players have made adequate preparations as they actively participated in the UAE leg of Pakistan Super League. The visitors will be looking to build on their success in South Africa and put in consistent performances against England.
The team has picked their full-strength squad as all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf are named in the T20I squad.
In the batting department, the visitors will be depending heavily on the likes of Captain Babar Azam, opening-batsman Fakhar Zaman, middle-order batsman Haris Sohail and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan to score bulk of the runs.
On the bowling front, the visitors will be heavily relying on the likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi to provide crucial breakthroughs. Haris Rauf and Faheem Ashraf are other pace options for the ODI series. Uncapped players like Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman and Abdullah Shafique are also included in the limited-overs squad.
Due to exceptional limited-overs record in matches played at home since past five years, England will start as firm favorites for the ODI and T20I series against Pakistan.
England vs Pakistan 2021 Schedule
1st ODI – England vs Pakistan
Thursday, 8th July, 2021, at 12:00 PM GMT
2nd ODI –England vs Sri Lanka
Saturday, 10th July, 2021, at 10:00 AM GMT
3rd ODI–England vs Pakistan
Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 at 12:00 PM GMT
1st T20–England vs Pakistan
Friday, 16th July, 2021, at 05:30 PM GMT
2nd T20I–England vs Pakistan
Saturday, 18th July, 2021, at 01:30 PM GMT
3rd T20I–England vs Pakistan
Tuesday, 20th July, 2021, at 05:30 PM GMT