Pak­istan, Eng­land gear up for World Twenty20

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

DUBAI: Former cham­pi­ons Pak­istan will face Eng­land in a three-match Twenty20 se­ries in Dubai from to­day as they be­gin to set­tle their squads for next year’s World Twenty20. Pak­istan fin­ished run­ners-up in the first edi­tion of the World Twenty20 in 2007 be­fore win­ning the crown two years later in Eng­land and are now ranked num­ber two in the short­est and the most pop­u­lar for­mat of the game. They need to win the se­ries, at least by a 2-1 mar­gin, to main­tain their stand­ings-a fact Afridi be­lieves will spur on his team. “We want to set­tle down be­fore the World Twenty20,” said Afridi of the event to be held in In­dia from March 11-April 3.

“Be­sides that we are ranked num­ber two so it’s an im­por­tant se­ries for us in many ways and we will do our best to win it.” Pak­istan are likely to get two to three Twenty20 matches if their se­ries against In­dia is held next month be­fore they head to New Zealand for another three matches.

Be­fore the sixth edi­tion of the World Twenty20 they will also fea­ture in the Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh in Fe­bru­ary. Pak­istan are ham­pered by the ab­sence of ace spin­ner Saeed Aj­mal, who is strug­gling with a new bowl­ing ac­tion which needed al­ter­ation af­ter it was deemed il­le­gal.

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