Match Preview: England vs Pakistan 1st T20I 2020
Now that the Test series are over, all eyes are now on the T20Is which are set to commence this week. England is all set to host Pakistan for three T20Is. The first starts tomorrow and all the three T20Is are going to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester. Both the camps have already announced their respective squads. Match Preview: England vs Pakistan 1st T20I 2020, Only a couple of players who took part in the Test series feature in the T20I squads.
The two teams have not faced off in a bilateral T20 series for five years, playing one-off 20-over games
in 2016 and at the start of last summer, when England prevailed in Cardiff.
1st T20I England vs Pakistan
When: August 28 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 PM IST (6:00 PM local)
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Where could you watch it: Sky Sports be showing all three T20s via Sky Sports Main Event (Sky 401,
Virgin 501) and Sky Sports Cricket (Sky 404, Virgin 504). Footage can also be accessed by Now TV and Sky
Meanwhile, for the first time in 21 years, the BBC will show live international cricket involving England.
The broadcaster has the rights to show two T20s per year as part of the new rights deal which runs from 2020-2024. In this series, they will be showing the second T20 on BBC One and via the BBC Sport website. They will also have highlights of the series. Indians can watch it on Sony Ten3/HD, Sony Six/HD.
What will the weather be like?
For the first T20, morning and afternoon rain will have cleared in time meaning a full match should be
England had announced their squad earlier which consists of mostly T20I specialists. The players who played the Test series against West Indies and Pakistan earlier have been rested. Tom Banton, the talented top-order batsman would be getting his chance at the top of the order and it is to be seen if he can prove his worth.
Eoin Morgan(C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis
Gregory, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey
Pakistan’s squad reached England a month ago and are already set to face the hosts. Babar Azam will lead the group, with Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez and even former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed still part of the squad. But some areas have been totally refreshed including a seam attack which could blow England away.
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim,
Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir,
Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz