Pakistan coaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19; second T20I to go ahead as per schedule 

A Pakistani staffer reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the second T20I at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday (September 22). Despite the setback, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said the match will go ahead as planned.

Babar Azan’s side lost their third consecutive T20I competition after England emerged victorious in their first T20I on Tuesday (20 September). Despite Mohammad Rizwan’s exploits with the racquet, the hosts could only post 158-7 on the board, which was chased with four balls.

The side are currently grappling with middle order issues, with raging debates over their approach to T20 cricket. The Men in Green recently announced their squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup and senior members like Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed failed to secure a spot.

The current tour marks England’s first trip to Pakistan in 17 years. The two teams were supposed to play a T20I series last year. However, the tour was canceled due to safety concerns and the mental and physical well-being of the players.

According to the Future Tours Program (FTP) for the 2018-23 cycle, England’s tour of the subcontinent was expected to include five ODIs in early 2023.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic, which threw up the timeline of ICC events, turned the affair into a seven-game T20I series. This makes it the highest bilateral international T20 series ever.

“Our batters should have done better” – Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam on 1st T20I

On Tuesday, the hosts were well positioned at halftime in the first inning after an 85-run opening partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. England pulled things back thanks to a 3-25 match winner from debutant Luke Wood to limit the side to an underperforming total.

Babar Azam said in a post-game presentation that the batsmen should have made the most of the foundation:

“We made good use of the batting power play but we let the momentum go past the 10th. Thanks to their bowlers, but we weren’t up to par and we didn’t get the partnerships. They worked out the conditions well, but our batters should have done better.

“We’ll try different combinations before the World Cup, test our bench strength and then go into the tournament with our best team.”

The second T20I between the two sides is scheduled to start in a few hours at the National Stadium in Karachi. The guests are currently leading 1-0 in the series.

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