Can Pakistan get the No.1 spot in the ODI Super League?

The Pakistan tour of England is going to kickstart from the second week of July. Both the teams will come face to face in a bilateral series that will be played in the elegant English stadiums. All 3 matches are part of the ODI Super League.

Covid-19 protocols breach 

Recently, the England team experienced a setback as the boys in blue got reckless and didn’t follow the covid-19 protocols. 7 players tested positive, which led to most of the well-known players not being allowed to play. It came as a shock to both; England and Pakistan fans; some even called it the “biggest breach.”

A look back at the history

Both teams have played 11 bilateral series in total, out of which England won 9 while Pakistan could clutch only one win with one series being drawn. Since 1974, the Shaheens haven’t been successful in overpowering the England team. However, this time, they have quite a good chance to achieve what couldn’t be done in years. 

The golden opportunity of becoming No.1 in the ODI Super League

Pakistan tour of England can prove to be a good chance to change history and add one more bilateral series win to the record. This will not be the only thing, but the number 1 position in the ODI super league would be waiting if the series ends in Pakistan’s favor. 

England is on top of the table with 65 points, Bangladesh holds the second position with 50 points while Pakistan is third overall and has 40 points. According to the rules, each win earns the team ten points. The Pakistan tour of England will add spice to the league. If the boys in green accomplish three series wins, they would have 70 points which will get them the first position.

The Shaheens are Eager to Fly

It looks like the Pakistan tour of England couldn’t have come at a better place. The Pakistan team seems quite strong. The no 1 ODI batsman Babar Azam would like to continue his PSL form; the same goes for the wicket-keeper, Mohammad Rizwan. Hassan Ali’s generator has started again, while Shaheen Shah Afridi would like his tradition of taking early wickets not to stop. Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman, the two openers, have a great platform to improve their stats against the English team further. 

Pakistan batsmen to date have scored only 7 centuries. Unfortunately, only 2 of them were in the winning cause. Interestingly enough, both were made chasing the target. With the updated England squad and the smashing form of the Pakistan batsmen, the history could change here too. 

Following is the ODI squad of the Pakistan cricket team:

  1. Babar Azam (captain) (Central Punjab)
  2. Shadab Khan (vice-captain) (Northern)
  3. Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab)
  4. Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab)
  5. Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  6. Haider Ali (Northern)
  7. Haris Rauf (Northern)
  8. Haris Sohail (Balochistan)
  9. Hasan Ali (Central Punjab)
  10. Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan)
  11. Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh)
  12. Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
  13. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  14. (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  15. Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab)
  16. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper) (Sindh)
  17. Saud Shakeel (Sindh)
  18. Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
  19. Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)

Following is the ODI squad of the England cricket team:

  1. Ben Stokes (captain) (Durham, captain)
  2. Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
  3. Danny Briggs (Warwickshire)
  4. Brydon Carse (Durham)
  5. Zak Crawley (Kent)
  6. Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)
  7. Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
  8. Tom Helm (Middlesex)
  9. Will Jacks (Surrey)
  10. Dan Lawrence (Essex)
  11. Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
  12. Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
  13. Craig Overton (Somerset)
  14. Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)
  15. David Payne (Gloucestershire)
  16. Phil Salt (Sussex)
  17. John Simpson (Middlesex)
  18. James Vince (Hampshire)

Following is the schedule of the Pakistan tour of England:

1st ODI – July 8, Thursday at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

2nd ODI – July 10, Saturday at Lord’s, London

3rd ODI – July 13, Tuesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham

1st T20I – July 16, Friday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

2nd T20I – July 18, Sunday at Headingley, Leeds

3rd T20I – July 20, Tuesday at Old Trafford, Manchester

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