Pakistan is set to start their 3 match ODI series from 8th July 2021 in Cardiff at the Sophia Cricket Ground. A major calamity occurred in the English set-up as the news of 4 support staff members and 3 players in the ODI squad tested covid positive yesterday.
BEN STOKES WILL LEAD THE YOUNG ENGLISH SQUAD FOR THE ODI SERIES
ECB announced an 18 member fresh squad naming Ben Stokes the captain of the inexperienced side. Ben Stokes wasn’t a part of the earlier squad as he was given rest to recover from his injury. New players who had caught the eye of the selectors got a chance to feature in the national side.
The 18 member squad has a total of 9 uncapped players which makes the team exciting and vulnerable at the same time. A lot of rising players will have the opportunity to become a household name and become a regular feature in the side. Pakistan did not start favourites for the series but with this outbreak, Pakistan definitely could match up to this English side.
ENG VS PAK 1st ODI PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITION
The conditions on the day will help the fast bowlers as the temperature will be as low as 13 degrees Celsius and as high as 19 degrees Celsius. The ground is usually is a high scoring ground with the wicket having help for the fast bowlers. An unusual record of the ground is that the teams chasing down on this ground tend to win. This shows that the wicket progressively just get better for batting as the ball gets old and the sun comes out.
As the temperature doesn’t raise much on the day there could be a lot of help for the fast bowlers thought the game and both the captains will be tempted to play fast bowlers. The ground is bigger than the usual grounds just like English grounds are. The dimensions help the spinners to loop the ball and ball fearlessly. The batsman takes on the spinners which help the spinners to take wickets. Sophia Gardens is a ground which has something for everyone and a good contest should be on the cards. Hasan Ali could be a dark horse as he has 10 wickets in just 3 games he has played in Cardiff.