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Karachi (AFP) – England skipper Jos Buttler said on Thursday he hoped his injured Twenty20 side would rise to the challenge of taking on a strong Pakistani side on their first tour of the country in 17 years.
Due to security concerns, Pakistan has struggled to attract visitors since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, but tours have slowly resumed in recent years, with England the latest in date.
This seven-game series is seen as preparation for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Australia, and Buttler hopes his young squad will prepare well for the mega event.
“We’re looking forward to the tough challenge and being seasoned for the World Cup after this run,” said Buttler, who will miss the early games to fully recover from a calf injury.
Two of England’s World Cup squad members – Liam Livingstone and Chris Jordan – are also missing out on this series as they recover from ankle and finger injuries respectively, while Test skipper Ben Stokes is on the mend. is rested.
Buttler said he hopes the injuries will give other eager players a chance to show off their skills.
“Obviously the main objective for everyone is to show up for Australia fully prepared,” Buttler said of the event, which will take place from October 16 to November 13.
He said seven members of his squad – David Willey, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Liam Dawson, Harry Brook, Luke Wood and Ben Duckett – had competed in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) this year and would experience local conditions.
“Many of our players have participated in the PSL and have shared the positive experiences of being here and how much the public loves the game,” Buttler said.
“We know Pakistan are a very good team. We can’t wait to challenge ourselves against them and I expect to see some good cricket.”
The England skipper also hoped his side would play well to honor Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week.
“Obviously, with the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, we were deeply saddened. We saw the reactions in England.
“We hope to honor it in our own way as a T20 team and play in a way that does that.”
The first four matches will take place in Karachi on September 20, 22, 23 and 25, and the next three in Lahore on September 28, 30 and October 2.
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