LONDON: Pakistan will take on England in the first one-day international (ODI) at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff today.
Pakistan travels to England looking to claim crucial Super League points on the quest for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification.
On the second away leg of their Cricket World Cup Super League campaign, Pakistan will look to emulate the success of their trip to South Africa, where they claimed 20 of the 30 available points with wins in Centurion.
The visitors face a completely new England ODI side to the one that took on Sri Lanka after three players and four members of the management staff tested positive for COVID-19
All-rounder Ben Stokes takes the leadership reins for the first time in ODI cricket, having previously led England in a home Test against the West Indies last year.
As many as nine members of England’s squad are yet to play one-day international cricket, as the team travel to Sophia Gardens looking to extend their country’s lead on the Super League table.
Despite the circumstances, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, says the situation provides an opportunity for strong performers in county cricket to impress and for Stokes to exhibit his leadership nous.
“Ben hasn’t captained our ODI side before so it’s a huge honour for him. We all wish him well and it’s a role I’m sure he’ll thrive in.
“It’s an exciting group of players, with some young talent and some players who have impressed at a domestic level over a long period of time.”