Couple of Pakistan players might not be able to feature in the inaugural edition of The Hundred as Pakistan’s tour of West Indies will be clashing with England’s white-ball competition.
The tour, which consists of five T20Is and two Tests, will be played from July 27 – August 24, whereas the Hundred is set to be held between July 22 – August 21.
Three Pakistan cricketers which include Mohammad Amir (London Spirit), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Birmingham Phoenix) and Shadab Khan (Manchester Original) are currently contracted to play in The Hundred. As Shaheen and Shadab are Pakistan’s international regulars, they might not be available for the first edition of the tournament.
Even if Shadab is not selected for Tests and leaves West Indies after the last T20I on August 3, the logistical challenges and quarantine conditions could still have an impact on his participation.
Amir, who retired from international cricket last year and is currently plying his trade as a freelancer, might be the only Pakistani cricketer to feature in The Hundred.
Pakistan’s T20Is before the World Cup
The West Indies tour originally had three Test matches but in order to prepare for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in October and November this year, Pakistan and West Indies Cricket Boards decided to replace a Test with two additional T20Is.
The addition of two extra T20Is against West Indies means Pakistan now have 13 T20Is before ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Pakistan will play three T20Is against England in the United Kingdom in July, five against West Indies in July & August and are scheduled to host New Zealand for three T20Is and England for two T20Is in September and October.
The T20 World Cup is expected to run from mid-October to mid-November in India. However, UAE is being considered as a backup venue due to rising number of COVID-19 cases in India.