Empty stadiums not new as we played before scarce crowds in the UAE, says Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi

Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi said Pakistan will have no problem competing behind closed doors during the upcoming Test series in England as they are used to playing their home matches before empty stadiums in the UAE.

Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20Is in a bio-secure environment in England amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“For us playing before empty stadiums is nothing new as we have played before scarce crowds in the UAE and also before empty stadiums in some matches of the last Pakistan Super League,” he said during a media interaction.

“So the atmosphere should not affect us and we aim to entertain the people watching the live matches at home.”

The first of three-match Test series is slated to get underway from July 30 with the final match concluding on August 24 while the three-T20I series will run from August 29 to September 2. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board are yet to finalise the dates.

Shaheen said England has been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan and they have done well in the last two Test series and also won the Champions Trophy.

“England is always a challenging tour specially the Test matches but the good thing is we tend to enjoy playing there and doing well,”…

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