Misbah-ul-Haq will be leading Pakistan for England tour starting from July 14 © Getty Iages
Misbah-ul-Haq will be leading Pakistan for England tour starting from July 14 © Getty Iages

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq hopes for regaining glory with their Test series against England which will help spur the return of international cricket to South Asian nation after seven-year absence due to security. Pakistan have not played a Test cricket since 2009 after a gun attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus at Lahore that killed six Pakistani policemen and van driver. Some players and local umpires were also injured. With the security improving over the years now in Pakistan, international teams have prompted them to return but test playing nations have so far refused to tour where Islamist militants still pose a threat. ALSO READ: Misbah-ul-Haq disagrees with Inzamam-ul-Haq’s suggestion

Misbah spoke to Reuters and hoped the four-test series in England would revive cricket series in Pakistan. Misbah also mentioned, he is expecting an exciting tour after a long gap since they last played in 2012 at England. Misbah also felt this is a big tour for his side during send-off dinner for Pakistan team hosted by Britain’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron also sent his good wishes across to the Pakistan Team saying, “I hope that one day in the not too distant future I will be able to wish the England cricket team a successful tour of Pakistan.” ALSO READ: Misbah-ul-Haq to lead Pakistan Test team for England tour

Pakistan are all set to play against youthful team of England under captaincy of Alastair Cook, the first batsman to reach 10,000 test runs. Mohammad Hafeez added, “England cricket team is a strong and balanced one. Pakistan team has plenty of talent. We will try to give a quality series to the spectators and cricket fans.” Pakistan have been hosting international teams at UAE due to security concerns. Pakistan defeated England in a three-test series in 2015, winning two matches and drawing the third.

The upcoming Test series will see return of Mohammad Aamer who played his last in the same ground five years ago – Lords. It will also be the first Test series for leg-spinner Yasir Shah since he served a three-month suspension for doping. Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan is also confident Pakistan will show their worth. He further added, “I would say, play hard, giving no quarter to England for under Alastair Cook they are too good an outfit to not make you regret it.” Pakistan will play four tests, five ODIs and T20I in England between July 14 and Sept. 7.