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Wasim Akram warns Babar Azam ahead of England tour

Pace legend Wasim Akram has cautioned Pakistan batsmen, including white-ball skipper Babar Azam, ahead of the upcoming tour of England.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to dispatch a 25-man squad to England in July to meet the demands of playing an entire tour in a ‘bio-secure’ bubble.

The Men in Green are dueto play 3 Tests in August followed as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), with the games being contested behind closed doors as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“The circumstances are different this time due to Covid-19 as players will be quarantined and there will be no fans in the stadium,” said Akram while speaking on Basit Ali’s official YouTube channel.

“Cricket in England is already tough due to duke ball and it will be a big test for Pakistan batsmen, including Babar Azam.” he added.

Akram, who celebrated his 54th birthday on Wednesday, also alarmed Pakistan batsmen about the quality and experience of England’s fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“The likes of Anderson and Broad, who are among the top bowlers in the world, will move the ball around all day. It will be a big test for Misbah and co,” he said.

The Sultan of Swing also left some advice for batters Haris Sohail and Shan Masood.

“Apart from Babar, I think Haris Sohail is a good batsman. Although I want him to be physically fit and lose weight because he can be an asset for Pakistan team,” he said.

“Shan Masood is a strong players but he mainly plays on the on-side, which will make them [England bowlers] bowl him outside off-stump. So he needs to work on leaving the ball and driving,” Akram concluded.

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