VIDEO: As Pakistan arrive in Canterbury, coach Mickey Arthur looks ahead to their tour

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur (stock image)

The Pakistanis have arrived in Canterbury ahead of their opening tour match of the summer.

They take on Kent at the St Lawrence Ground in a four-day game which starts on Saturday.

Kent are fresh from a thumping nine-wicket victory over the three times county champions with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond and South African Heino Kuhn easing them to a second innings target of 95.

Pakistan play two tests against England. The first at Lord’s from May 24 to 28 and the second at Headingley from June 1 to 5.

Speaking to newsmen in Canterbury today, Arthur said: “We’re very confident, we’re a young team. We are trying to resurrect our Test side and we’ve got our white ball cricket where we need it now.

“So we are really excited to see these young guys come out and perform. We have some incredible talent in our dressing room.”

After Kent, the Pakistanis have tour matches against Leicestershire and Northamptonshire before the Test series.

Their squad for the 2018 tour is Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Mohammad Abbas, Azhar Ali, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Saad Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Usman Salahuddin, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman.

The name Mohammad Amir will likely be familiar to Kent fans. In 2010, he was embroiled in a spot fixing scandal.

The News of the World reported that Amir had deliberately bowled no balls in a Test match against England in return for money.

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were also implicated. At Southwark Crown Court, all three were subsequently convicted of conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and jailed.

Amir, who was just 18 at the time, was sent to a young offenders’ institution and banned for five years.

Butt spent some of his time at HMP Canterbury in Longport when it operated as a prison for foreign criminals. It is now part of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tickets are still available for the Kent v Pakistan match. Log on to the club’s website for information.


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