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Tuesday June 18, 2024

First Pak vs Eng T20I called off due to rain

Heavy rain forces cancellation of first T20I between England and Pakistan

By Sports Desk
May 22, 2024
The pitch at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds is covered after heavy rain, on May 22, 2024. — X/@englandcricket
The pitch at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds is covered after heavy rain, on May 22, 2024. — X/@englandcricket

Heavy rain forced the cancellation of the first T20I between England and Pakistan in Leeds on Wednesday as the pitch at Headingley was left unfit for play.

Not a single ball could be bowled due to the never-ending rain, which made it impossible for the match to start. The rain continued since the morning and didn’t stop all day.

The match was supposed to start at 6:30pm local time but it couldn’t happen as the clouds continued to pour rain. The series remains 0-0 and all eyes will be on Edgbaston where the second T20I will be played.

First Pak vs Eng T20I called off due to rain

It must be noted that this series will be the last outing for both sides before the T20 World Cup 2024 which begins on June 1. Pakistan will play all of their group matches in the United States while England will travel to the West Indies to compete in their round matches.

Pakistan recently played two T20I series, one against an inexperienced New Zealand side at home while the other was against Ireland in Dublin recently. They were Babar Azam’s first tests after being reappointed as white-ball captain.

The Green Shirts drew the T20I series against New Zealand 2-2 at home as one match was called off due to rain. Meanwhile, they managed to beat Ireland 2-1. However, despite winning the later series, the problems were quite evident for the Men in Green which they have to sort out before the World Cup begins.

On the other hand, England’s last T20 series was against West Indies in January this year which they lost 3-2.

Squads

England: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Salman Agha, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan

Remaining matches

May 25: Second T20I at Birmingham

May 28: Third T20I at Cardiff

May 30: Fourth T20I at The Oval