Pakistan have been training in Worcester
Pakistan have been training in Worcester Image Credit: PCB

Pakistan will play a four-day first-class intra-squad match at the County Ground in Derby in a bid to step up their preparations for the upcoming three-match Test series against England.

The match, which begins on Friday, will be played between PCB Green, captained by Test captain Azhar Ali, and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s PCB White.

This fixture is Pakistan’s last practice match before the Test series kicks off on August 5 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The final two Tests are scheduled to be played in Southampton from August 13 and August 21 respectively.

The first of the two four-dayers, which concluded on Monday, turned out to be an absorbing contest with both batsmen and bowlers fighting tooth and nail to stake their claims in the final XI of the first Test.

After getting rolled out for a paltry 181 in the reply of Team White’s first innings 249 all-out, Team Green staged a jaw-dropping comeback on the back of Azhar’s 120 retired out, Fakhar Zaman’s 99 and Asad Shafiq’s 67 retired out to chase 354 for the loss of four wickets in the final session.

As many as six half-centuries and two centuries were scored, while 17-year-old Naseem Shah and Sohail Khan returned five-wicket hauls for their teams. Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Yasir Shah were the other bowlers to put up notable performances.