Cricket in England amid Coronavirus will be tough for Babar Azam and co:Wasim Akram

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Wasim Akram and Babar Azam.

Former Pakistan skipper and bowling great Wasim Akram has said that cricket in England is tough and to play it during Coronavirus pandemic will make it tougher for Pakistan.

Akram, in a YouTube video on Basit Ali’s channel, reminded Azam that the game has greatly shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic and along with English conditions, will pose a challenge for the Men in Green.

“The circumstances are different this time due to Covid-19 as players will be quarantined and there will be no fans in the stadium,” said Akram.

“Cricket in England is already tough due to the duke ball and it will be a big test for Pakistan batsmen, including Azam”, Wasim said.

The former pacer also cautioned the side to keep an eye out for pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“The likes of Anderson and Broad, who are among the top bowlers in the world, will move the ball around all day. It will be a big test for Misbah-ul-Haq and co,” he said.

Furthermore, Akram advised batsmen like Haris Sohail and Shan Masood over their areas of improvement.

“Apart from Azam I think Sohail is a good batsman. I want him to be physically fit and lose weight because he can be an asset for the team,” he said.

“Masood is a strong player but he mainly plays on the on-side, which will make them [England bowlers] bowl him outside off-stump. He needs to work on leaving the ball and driving.” 

Pakistan will play three Tests and ODIs in August.