Karachi: Former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq thinks that the Pakistan cricket team will have an edge over England if the tests are played in the south of England.
The inventor of Doosra while speaking on his Youtube channel, claimed that the weather will play a huge part and it will help the spinners.
“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 guidelines,” said Saqlain.
“If the series is played at Southampton, Lords and The Oval then Pakistan will have an edge as our spinners will be very effective on these wickets. English bowlers Jamie Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jofra Archer would get less swing and seam on this side in July and August,” he added.
The 43-year-old also recalled that English spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali have been very effective on these pitches 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 and we all know, nobody does reverse swing better than Pakistani pacers,” he added.
According to Saqlain, English batsmen have struggled recently but have a good bowling attack. “Opening batsman Rory Burns gives a good start but no one is there to support him. Their middle-order has also looked a bit shaky as they have heavily relied on Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Johnny Bairstow and Jos Buttler don’t have recent performances too, ” he concluded.
It must be noted that Pakistan has to tour England for three Tests and as many T20Is. ECB had convinced PCB after positive talks over biosecurity arrangements during the tour. ECB proposed to start the series with the first Test from August 5 instead of July 30.
A squad of 25 players, both for Tests and T20Is, will arrive in England via chartered plan earlier in July, and players will remain in quarantine for 14 days before going out for training.