Pakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur on Thursday said Mohammad Hafeez should not be ruled out of the ODI series against England.
Ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup Pakistan will face England in a T20 and ODI series beginning on May 5.
“He [Hafeez] has bowled and he has fielded. Hafeez is ahead of where we want him and that’s great news. He has been doing a lot of work so don’t rule out Hafeez in the one-day series,” Arthur said.
Hafeez is recovering from an injury sustained during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and has been included in Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the World Cup.
The coach said the team had been practicing in English conditions which is invaluable for them. “The players have been brilliant and our preparation has been outstanding,” Arthur added.
Mickey was extremely pleased with his team preparations and hoped to put all that into practice against Kent.
“We’ve played a lot of cricket in England and we’re used to the weather and the players acclimatize quickly. Players have been brilliant and our preparations have been outstanding,” he added.
We’re playing our best combination tomorrow, the three quick bowlers and the two spinners plus we bat deep.
“It’s a combination we’ve wanted to start with it gives us the three quick bowlers and the two spinners Yasir and Imad, it’s a great combination, let’s see how this works,” he added.
In an online post, the coach reiterated that his team has all what it takes to win the world Cup.
“We Have We Will,” he added.
Though the weather is chilly at the moment but the team is used to playing in such conditions.The facilities provided here have been outstanding, we’ve done a lot of preparations in Lahore but now we’ve been practicing for the last three days in these conditions which has been invaluable for us.
The Pakistan squad is presently camped in Kent county where it is holding a camp and also play a practice game on April 27.
Pakistan will play a T20 international and five match ODI series against hosts England before the World Cup beginning May 30.
All eyes are on how reserve players Muhammad Aamir and batsman Asif Ali perform against England. There is also lot of interest around the performances of teenaged fast bowler Muhammad Hasnain who has been named in the World Cup squad.
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has said that if Aamir and Asif produce impressive performances against England they could be considered for the World Cup as changes can be made in the 15 member squad until May 23.