A thrilling cricket series between England and Pakistan could raise the spirits of millions of people suffering from the devastating floods.
On Thursday, the English arrived in Pakistan for the first time in 17 years to play seven Twenty20s and prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.”The floods are causing tough times for the people of Pakistan,” Buttler said. In order to help the people in need at the moment, we’re making a donation that will be matched by the ECB too.
There’s no better way to raise spirits than to play some cricket.” The massive floods have affected more than 33 million people and forced over half a million people into tents and makeshift homes.70% of Pakistan’s wheat, cotton, and other crops have been destroyed by the water. Almost a third of the country was submerged at one point.
Most of the England players, including Buttler, are on their first tour of Pakistan. Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, and Alex Hales have appeared in the Pakistan Super League.
England’s T20 World Cup squad includes Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan, and Liam Livingstone. Unfortunately, Buttler will miss some games while he recovers from a calf injury. In his absence, Ali is expected to lead the team. With a few guys injured, we’re in a bit of a unique situation. They’ll be ready for the World Cup, but not necessarily ready for us.
It was intended that England would play three T20s in Pakistan before the World Cup begins.” in the United Arab Emirates last year, but it got canceled after New Zealand canceled its white-ball tour.
In response to the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board worked tirelessly to convince other leading nations to tour, including South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Australia. Four T20s will take place in Karachi from Sept. 20-25, and the rest will be in Lahore from Sept. 28-Oct. 2.