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Will Pakistan’s tour of England go well? Saqlain Mushtaq predicts

Veteran Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, in a YouTube video, predicted that the national team woudl do well against England if the matches are played in the southern part of the country.

Saqlain, who claimed 13 Test five-wicket hauls with 3 Test ten-fers and took seven five-wicket hauls during his illustrious career, believes Pakistan might also have an edge over the hosts because of good weather.

“Cricket must happen and Pakistan should go to England for the series with all the precautionary and safety measures as part of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Saqlain.

“If the series was played at Southampton, Lords and The Oval then Pakistan would have an edge as our spinners will be very effective on these wickets,” he added.

The “Doosra” master also said that English pacers Jamie Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer would get less swing and seam on this side in July and August.

Saqlain, who was selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2000, recalled that English spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were very effective on these wickets against India and South Africa in the past.

“Spinners have been getting great help on these wickets for the past 3 to 5 years because of the turn and reverse swing. If some other thing was used to shine the bowl instead of saliva then it would also benefit Pakistan,” he concluded.

It is to be known that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee, comprising of former top players, have recommended on medical advice that spit-polishing the ball should be prohibited while the coronavirus outbreak persists.

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