England name 14-man squad for Pakistan T20Is
England National Selectors have named a 14-strong squad for the men’s three Vitality IT20s against Pakistan starting on Friday 28 August at Emirates Old Trafford. The three-match series will be played behind closed doors, in a bio-secure environment at the Manchester venue. The Eoin Morgan-led side features a brand-new look as the selectors have opted against selecting those who are currently engaged in the Test series as part of workload management. While there aren’t any uncapped players in the squad, the likes of Tom Banton, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood and Lewis Gregory, who have played only a handful of T20I matches, will get an opportunity to make a mark. Squad of 14-man named for three-match series to be played in a bio-secure environment at Emirates Old Trafford.
In addition to Morgan, the other experienced members include Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, and Chris Jordan among others. All three Vitality T20Is will be played at Old Trafford between 28 August and 1 September. England have also named Pat Brown, Liam Livingstone, and Reece Topley as reserves.
England Men’s IT20 Squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire)
Reserves: Pat Brown (Worcestershire), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Reece Topley (Surrey).
Commenting on the selection of the squad, National Selector Ed Smith, said: In this crowded international summer, players who are currently in the Test match bio-secure bubble for the Pakistan Test series are not included in this squad. (The IT20s begin three days after the scheduled last day of the final Test). We want to give multi-format players some opportunity to rest and refresh, while still selecting strong squads for every series. We will announce the squad for the Australia T20 series at a later date.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have also confirmed the coaching team for the Vitality IT20s against Pakistan. England assistant coach Graham Thorpe will assume the head coach position for the three-match series. He will be helped by assistant coach Paul Collingwood. Marcus Trescothick, who has been seconded from Somerset, has been named batting coach. England Young Lions coach Jon Lewis will be the bowling coach and is supported by former Pakistan international and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood. Former Essex wicketkeeper James Foster will take duty for the wicketkeepers.
Vitality IT20 Series
Date: August 29, 2020
Match: Pakistan vs England, 1st T20I
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Time: 09:30 PM IST, 04:00 PM GMT, 05:00 PM LOCAL
Date: August 31, 2020
Match: Pakistan vs England, 2nd T20I
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Time: 07:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT, 02:30 PM LOCAL
Date: September 02, 2020
Match: Pakistan vs England, 3rd T20I
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Time: 11:00 PM IST, 05:30 PM GMT, 06:30 PM LOCAL