Srinagar: England stand-in captain Moeen Ali has said that the team is extra cautious in making sure that captain Jos Buttler and other star players are fully fit for upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
In a England’s first tour in 17 years to Pakistan, Moeen Ali is stand-in captain in place of Jos Buttler.
Buttler has travelled with the squad but is nursing a calf injury.
“I am not sure (when Buttler will play), he is a bit more careful and maybe at the back end of the tour he will play one or two games but it will depend on his progress,” Moeen Ali said in press conference.
“We want him fully fit for the World Cup so we will not risk anything,” he said.
England are also without Liam Livingstone and Chris Jordan as they recover from ankle and finger injuries respectively.
Test captain Ben Stokes has been rested ahead of the T20 World Cup, which begins in Australia next month.
Ali said despite the absences, England’s young side should be not underestimated, describing it as “a very good white-ball side”.
Meanwhile Moeen Ali said that it is huge and proud moment for him to lead England in his Country where his roots are.
“Obviously with my roots being from here and to lead England in such a big series, a historic series is a huge and proud moment,” Moeen Ali said.
“My mum and dad, my friends and my family and community and everybody who I feel I represent is happy for me,” he added.
“Leading and playing for England anywhere and in any game is a huge honour.”
Ali’s grandfather was from Mirpur, and he spent some years of his childhood there.
The first four T20s of the series will be played in Karachi, with Lahore hosting the remaining three. The series will conclude on October 2.