The first match of the three-Test series between Pakistan and England will be played at Old Trafford from tomorrow.

Pakistan cricket team head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan cricket team head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq says that the players are not bored, they are fresh and are looking forward to playing on the field.

The three-Test series between Pakistan and England starts on Wednesday at Old Trafford in Manchester, where the Pakistan team is busy preparing.
Before the Test series, Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq answered media questions on a video link.

Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq says that because of Covid 19, the players stayed away from sports activities for more than three months, it was like starting from zero. So when I came here to England and started training, it was great, it’s been more than a month that everyone is together, which was also good for team binding.


“They are satisfied with the preparations, all they have to do now is take the preparations to the field and perform well and I hope the team will play well,” he said.

Misbah-ul-Haq said that Manchester’s pitch is the same as that of West Indies England match. The spin was visible from day one, we are also reviewing carefully. Feeding two spinners may also be considered but now is the time, we will decide by looking at the pitch and conditions more.

Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, “I don’t think the players are mentally exhausted in the current situation. We didn’t even realize that the players were bored. All the players are fresh and waiting to enter the field.” Are

“It is true that when you play for a long time, you get some nervousness, but when the matches start, that nervousness will also go away. Younis Khan and I have told the players that it is unnecessary. Don’t take the pressure, the players just have to go to the ground and give 100 percent, all the players are performing well, the batting line-up is in good shape and looks confident. “

He said that the reason for Babra Azam’s success is that he takes up the challenge, despite the pressure to become a captain, his performance is going well.

Misbah-ul-Haq said that the batting line-up of both the teams will also be competitive. It will be important to perform well in the top order. England’s bowling experience is good but Pakistan’s bowlers have potential and they have the potential to perform well. There is an opportunity.

Misbah-ul-Haq said, “I don’t think it will be good for me if we win this series. Our goal is to take the team to the next level. To focus on

The head coach and chief selector said that the 16-member squad will be announced tomorrow before the test. The playing combination is in mind but we will see more in this regard.

Pakistan cricket team visits England: Misbah-ul-Haq hints at feeding two spinners in Old Trafford Test.

photo credit: Pakistan cricket board

The first Test of a three-match series between Pakistan and England is set to begin on Wednesday at Manchester’s Old Trafford Ground and the question of whether the Pakistani cricket team will take to the field with two spinners is not without interest. ?

Misbah-ul-Haq, the head coach and chief selector of the Pakistan team, is not ruling out the inclusion of two spinners in the team.

Misbah-ul-Haq said in a video link press conference from Old Trafford that “the pitch of this Test still looks the same as it did in the match against West Indies.” We saw that spinners had a role in that match from day one and the ball was spinning well. We are also considering this, the final decision will be made based on the pitch and the weather. There is a possibility of feeding two spinners and that is encouraging for us.

According to Misbah, the team has come to England after winning the last two Test series and they are largely satisfied with the training they have done here for a month.

Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are in pressure in front of Babar Azam.

Azhar Ali during practice session (Photo credit: PCB)

After the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have played 18 Test matches in which both have scored only two centuries.

Asad Shafiq made his last Test century in December 2018 against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, after which he managed to score six half-centuries in thirteen innings.

Azhar Ali has also scored just one century in 15 innings since scoring a century in the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand in December 2018.
Misbah-ul-Haq says of their disappointing performance: “You and I often talk to Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali that you both don’t need to put unnecessary pressure on yourself. If you keep in mind that you have to score and take the pressure, then it is difficult to perform.

“We should try to do our best. Don’t take extra pressure. As far as Babar Azam is concerned, the biggest reason for his success is that he accepts the challenge. His performance has improved since he became the ODI and T20 captain.

Misbah is hopeful that both the players will perform well in this series.

photo: PCB

Winning against a good team is not easy.

Misbah-ul-Haq is aware that the Pakistani team is not playing matches in its two favorite grounds, Lord’s and Oval, in this series, but he says that you have all kinds of challenges against a good team.

“When you play against a big team, you can’t go and win with great ease. When you play in a team’s home conditions, you have to beat the opposing team in all three areas.

“Of course the Lord’s and the Oval have been our favorite grounds, but it’s also worth noting that conditions in Old Trafford and Southampton have changed in recent years,” he said.

When we played at Old Trafford, there was nothing for spinners on the pitch at the time, but now there is help for spinners. It’s up to us how we use these conditions and how we play. “

The key role of top order betting.

Fawad Alam during practice session (Photo: PCB)

Misbah-ul-Haq says that England’s bowling line is very strong and that is why they fielded a batsman with less openness and a pace attack that took them 20 wickets to win the match.

He said that England’s batting conditions are difficult and they are struggling. While there is competition between the two teams in the field of bowling, the same is true in batting which will determine the direction of the match. If he scores more than 300 runs in the first innings, his chances of winning will increase to 70%.

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