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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mir Hamza has revealed that the national team will have an advantage going into the World Cup as they will play England in a five-match ODI series prior to the tournament.
Hamza, who is currently playing county cricket for Sussex, noted that the limited overs series, which will also include a one-off Twenty20 International, will allow Pakistan to get acclimatised to the English conditions.
He added that this will be extremely useful for the men in green during their World Cup campaign, which begins with a clash against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.
“To get five ODIs in the same country as where Pakistan will be playing in the 2019 World Cup will certainly be advantageous for our side as all [the] batsmen or bowlers, whether in form or not, will get a fair idea of how to score runs and get wickets in English conditions,” Hamza told PakPassion. “As is, our morale will be very high because this Pakistan side has many players who won the Champions Trophy here in 2017.
“One can say that if Pakistan win the ODI series against England, the level of confidence will be sky-high, and they will start the World Cup in very good form.”
The Twenty20 International between Pakistan and England will be held on May 5, while the ODI series that follows will take place between May 8 and 19.