Pakistan leave for Ireland-England tour

Team set to play against Ireland, England and Scotland from May 11

Pakistan leave for Ireland-England tour

The Pakistan national cricket team, comprising 16 players and 11 officials, left for Ireland via Dubai from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore in the wee hours of Monday.

The team will play one Test against Ireland, two against England and two T20Is against Scotland during the tour.

Pakistan will play the first match against Ireland, who will be playing their first ever Test, on May 11.

The first Test against England will start on May 24 and the second will begin on June 1. Pakistan will also play two T20Is against Scotland on May 12 and 13.

The 16-player squad includes: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Imamul Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali and Faheem Ashraf.

Fast bowler Muhammad Amir departure was delayed by two days due to visa problem.

The team officials include Talat Ali (manager), Mickey Arthur (chief coach), Azhar Mahmood (bowling coach), Stephen Rixon (fielding coach), Grant Flower (batting coach), Grant Luden (training coach), Muhammad Ijaz (team analyst), Auon Zaidi (media manager), Azhar Arif (security manager) and Donald Albert.