Chief Selector Inzamam ul Huq warns Pakistan squad

Chief Selector Inzamam ul Huq warns Pakistan squad

LONDON - Pakistan's chief selector Inzamamul Haq has warned the Sarfraz Ahmed and his men of the difficult conditions they will face on the Test tour of Ireland and England.

Pakistan, under the leadership of wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz, are in the UK to play a total of three Test matches — one against Ireland followed by two against England — starting from May 11 in Dublin.

Conditions in England have favoured bowlers over the years and with the series scheduled in early summer, the pitches are destined to offer more sideways movement than pace and Inzamam said players were sent to the country early to get acclimatised to the conditions.

“Playing in England in early summer is extremely tough,” said Inzamam. “It’s not going to be easy to bat in those conditions, which is why we’ve sent the team early to make sure the players will get enough time to acclimatise to the conditions.”

The last time Pakistan visited England, under the leadership of the then captain Misbahul Haq, they came out with a 2-2 draw in the four-match series, which was considered much like a victory for the visitors.