A packed English Intenational cricket summer begins with Pakistan’s warm up tour ahead of the ICC World Cup at the end of May
Pakistan play this T20 then a five match ODI series in preparation for the World Cup. They go into the T20 INternational top of the ICC rankings in the format with England 3rd.
Pakistan have had an injury blow in the absence of world class leg spinner Shadab Khan and there are concerns about their middle order power hitting but the top of the order is strong and experienced and the fast bowling ranks well stocked. Fitness and fielding is also much improved under their new Australian Head coach now in his third year in the job.
England have injury worries with Roy a concern and Billings out. Hales is also suspended. This is a team though that can still call upon Bairstow and Buttler returning from the IPL plus being able to introduce Jofra Archer for his international debut to play alongside a team packed with all-rounders that has a lot of bases covered.
This is a one off game in a high variance format in Cardiff. Pakistan at 15/8 with SkyBet are a big price here.