Mohammad Abbas joins Leicestershire for County season
Pakistan is soon touring England for a two-match Test series and Abbas' experience will be helpful for them.
Updated - Apr 13, 2018 3:29 pm
The trend of the cricketers from Asia playing in County has increased over the years as they are aiming to get used to the conditions in the country. Historically, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have struggled to come to terms with playing in the countries like England and Australia where Kookaburra ball is used which also swings a lot more compared to SG ball used in Asia. However, young Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has also joined the trend ow as he has joined Leicestershire for the upcoming County season.
The Indian captain Virat Kohli is also set to join Surrey after the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and will play around 3-4 games ahead of India’s tour to England which begins in July. Meanwhile, prior to India, the Men in Green will tour the country in May for a two-match Test series. They are leaving no stones unturned in their preparations for the tour as PCB has picked a 25-man preliminary squad for a camp ahead of the tour.
Special leeway for Abbas
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given a special permission to Mohammad Abbas whose name is also there in the list of 25 players. The 15-man squad will be picked soon for the tour which begins on May 10 where Sarfraz Ahmed led side will be involved in the historic Test match against Ireland who will make their debut in the longest format of the game. Though Abbas might be picked for the tour given the fact that he will get the hold of the conditions in England by playing few matches.
The first Test match between England and Pakistan will be played on May 24 at the iconic Lord’s in London after which the action will be shifted to Leeds. Sarfraz Ahmed will be keen to lead the young side in England for the first time as they will be playing without Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan for the first time.