Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur believes his side are well placed heading into a bumper summer of cricket on English soil.

Arthur’s charges arrive in the country earlier than any other overseas team taking part in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, with their five-match Royal London One-Day International series against England starting on Wednesday 8 May.

The series, which rolls into Trent Bridge for the fourth match with limited tickets still available, gives Pakistan the perfect platform to test themselves against the best side in the world ahead of the showpiece tournament.

"We leave very, very well prepared," Arthur said. "We leave with a team that has both the talent and attitude to be successful.

“Our preparation over here has been outstanding, and our preparation leading into the World Cup is brilliant with a series against the world's No. 1 side in their own conditions.

"That will give us an opportunity to test ourselves and to test our combination, and to head to the World Cup with a lot of confidence. We know if we play to our potential, we have the ability to go all the way."

Arthur’s confidence could seem misplaced after Pakistan’s run of four wins inside 22 matches in ODI cricket since the start of 2018.

However, his optimism is shared by World Cup captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is keen to look to the future rather than dwell on the past.

"We should leave what happened in past in the past," he said. "Seven or eight of our players were rested for the Australia series,” he said.

“Yes, we did make some mistakes in the past, but we won't repeat them. I can assure you that we have prepared hard and we will stretch ourselves to the limit to ensure things go our way at the World Cup.”

Three different faces arrive for the ODI section of their long summer in England, with Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali afforded the chance to push their late claims for World Cup inclusion.

The third is Yasir Shah, a straight replacement in the ODI squad for Shadab Khan, after the latter was ruled out for four weeks after doctors advised him to rest following some blood tests.

32-year-old Shah will also be a front-runner for Khan’s World Cup spot should he not recover in time to take his place, given a perceived lack of options for Pakistan.

"We wanted a wrist spinner [for the England series]," Arthur said. "Wrist spinners are in vogue in cricket at the moment, all teams have good wrist spinners.

"The key for Yasir is to challenge both edges. If Yasir's challenging both inside and outside edges of the bat, he becomes a different beast.

“If he only challenges the outside edge, players can line him up and hit him one side of the ground. That means he has to bowl his googly more often.

“In the UAE, the wickets were especially flat and didn't turn. If we get on a wicket that just grips a little bit, Yasir is a bowler we still feel can be a weapon for us. But time will tell on whether we decide to pick him for the final World Cup squad."


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