Pakistan speedster Shaheen Afridi is feeling confident ahead of his team’s upcoming “bio-secure” tour of England, despite a long hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan on Tuesday, the Lahore Qalandars spearhead said that arriving in England several weeks prior to the first game, will help them get used to the away conditions.
“It’s going to be tough because we have not been able to practice properly due to Covid-19. But having said that we will get ample amount of time, before the series, to train and get to know the conditions as we will be arriving in England, well in advance,” said Shaheen.
“Although we did well in our recent Test series and are hoping to continue that during England tour as well.” he added.
Shaheen also explained how crucial carefully analysing the West Indies tour could be, which falls before the Men in Green series against England.
“Things will be different this time around [due to regulations changes] but the West Indies series against England will give us an idea on how to deal with it which is why we will be keeping a close eye on those matches,” he said.
The 20-year-old also opened up on the impact of working with the legendary Waqar Younis.
“I consider myself lucky to be working with Waqar bhai. I learn a lot from him in the nets and try to apply that on the field,” he said.
Pakistan are due to face hosts England in 3 Tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), which are scheduled to be played in the August-September window.