Pakistan cricket team will have some tough cricketing months ahead and their quest will start this month. Asia Cup is around the corner and this will be the first of the major contest Pakistan will face before the next world cup in England next year. This will be followed by series against Australia and England. Now Pakistan will play Australia in UAE so definitely the advantage will be with them in that series. However the series against England will be played in England and a total of six limited overs cricket matches are scheduled for this Pakistan England series. This series will be played right before the world cup. England will be hosting the world cup 2019 hence they will get a good practice through this series against Pakistan. But at the same time for Pakistan this series will also be very important. They will get a good knowledge of the pitches and conditions in England before the world cup.
Technically speaking these six matches will help both Pakistan and England. In the last two tours Pakistan made to England the tourists played some really good cricket. They were able to draw the test series against England though in the limited overs cricket they were not been able to show some magic. But keep in mind that Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in England last year so that clearly shows that Pakistan can play good solid limited overs cricket even in England. The best thing about that performance from the Pakistan team was that they had no second option left but to win after their opening encounter against arch rivals India. Pakistan lost the game badly but it triggered a spark in the whole unit and from then onwards they won all their matches including the semifinal against England who was favorite for the title and then India in the finals. Over all it was a good batting and bowling show from the Pakistan cricket team.
Now in England, Pakistan will play a t20 match to start the tour. There is only one t20 match between the two sides. This will be followed by a five match ODI series. Now this ODI series will be a make or break case for Pakistan in particular. England even if loses the series will not be down and out of the World Cup because that event will be on their home grounds. If Pakistan loses this series this side will come under pressure. But once again keep in mind the quality of bowling the Pakistan cricket team has got. They have some seriously good pacers with Amir and Hasan being the best of the lot. There is a good variation in their spin department as well. There are some good all-rounders in this side who have performed well under pressure. The batting is now looking strong with Fakhar Zaman being in a really good form at the moment. For Pakistan this series will more like a practice session for the next world cup.