The Pakistan cricket team will depart for England on 23 April where they will play England in a series of practice and international matches, before entering the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge,
Pakistan is scheduled to play at least 11 full-fledged games before its first match in the World Cup against West Indies. These matches include seven 50-overs and two 20 over games.
After arriving in the UK on 23rd, Pakistan will play two 50-over games against Kent and Northamptonshire on 27th and 29th April, respectively before playing a T20 game against Leicestershire on May 1st. Following three games against the county teams, Pakistan will play one T20I and 5 ODIs against England which will kick-off with the shortest format match at Cardiff. The five ODIs will be played 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th May.
Pakistan is also scheduled to play two official warm-up games ahead of ICC World Cup, against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, on 24th and 26th May.
The former champions will kick-off its World Cup campaign with the match against West Indies on 31st May at Trent Bridge.
Ahead of World Cup Former Test skipper and legendary fast bowler – while bashing the diet plan of Pakistan cricketers – said players still eat biryani ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
According to media reports, the left-arm bowler was of the opinion that Pakistan cricketers are eating junk food and are not worried about their diet before the mega tournament.
“[Our] players are still being served biryani, you cannot compete against champions by feeding them biryani,” he said.
It has often been observed that Pakistan team do not hesitate to attend parties and enjoy all kinds of meals, including biryani — a widely popular Pakistani dish of spicy rice mixed with beef, mutton or chicken.
The situation is particularly alarming at the moment as the 2019 World Cup is round the corner and all teams look forward to give their best performance by taking care of their fitness and diet. Pakistan team are known as one of the most unfit squads in the cricketing world and Wasim Akram is worried about that.
Wasim Akram further added that he sees a future captain in Mohammad Amir. The statement by the legend was a surprise as Amir’s form has not been up to the mark recently and his selection for the World Cup is also uncertain at the moment.
“Amir is still one of the best bowlers we have, he can swing the ball he is just not getting wickets, this is my take as an ex cricketer and ex captain,” said Akram, while talking to media persons.
It is worth mentioning here that the fielding of the Green Shirts was also poor against Australia in a recently-concluded one-day international (ODI) series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).