Pakistan Cricket Board Planning to Rest Pakistan’s Key Players Against Afghanistan Series 2021
Pakistan will play a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan after the West Indies series. After that, Pakistan will host New Zealand and England at home. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to rest their key players against the Afghanistan Series 2021 to ease the pressure of the drawn game.
Pakistan will play a three-match ODI series against the Afghans in Sri Lanka in September this year. Captain Babar Azam, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, pacer Hasan Ali and Shahin Shah Afridi can rest from the series. They will be rested to relieve the pressure of the drawn game, according to various Pakistani media.
Cricketers have to play bio-bubble inside due to the coronavirus epidemic. In order not to cause any problems to the cricketers from the bio-bubble, different countries are giving the opportunity to the cricketers to rest. PCB is going to do the same.
Pakistan has played the second highest 45 matches in the bio-bubble. This is why Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to rest their key players such as Babar Azam, Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi who have suffered the most due to playing in three formats for Pakistan. However, pacer Hasan Ali has played fewer matches.
Apart from international cricket, cricketers have long been in the bio-bubble in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and domestic cricket. That is why the PCB may decide to rest. The T20 World Cup 2021 will also be played in October-November this year. With that in mind, it can only give the cricketers a sense of relief.
In the absence of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in the Afghan series, Shadab Khan can captain the team. Pakistan will travel to Sri Lanka in late August to play a series against the Afghans. Arrive in Sri Lanka and do three days quarantine. After that, the series will be played on the field. All matches in the series will be held in Hambantota.
The schedule of the series
- First ODI – 3rd September
- Second ODI – 5th September
- Third ODI – 6th September
Also Read: Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule