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Moeen Ali discusses his decision to skipper England during Pakistan’s T20Is

After Jos Buttler was ruled out of the opening game owing to a calf injury, Moeen Ali is poised to captain England in the forthcoming seven-match T20I series in England. Buttler sustained the injury during the Hundred, and it remains to be seen if he will be able to play in the series later. This gave Moeen Ali, the all-rounder, the chance to lead England on the subcontinent, where he comes from.

In many ways, this will be a historic series, since England last visited the country for a bilateral series in 2005. Also, Moeen’s grandparents were born in Pakistan, and he was overjoyed to be leading England in front of a Pakistani audience for the first time.

Moeen felt destined to lead England in Pakistan and recalled the exhilaration that came with leading England at the appropriate moment. He remembered performing in Pakistan earlier and intended to thrill the audience. The 35-year-old stated that England’s visits to Pakistan are always exceptional and that the next generation needs to be motivated.

“It feels amazing that after such a long time, the timing is right for me to lead England there. I’ve played in Pakistan before but representing England for the first time there, that’s special and amazing. I’m really excited and hopefully, we can play some good cricket and entertain the crowd.” 

“Other teams have toured there already but when England goes there, that’s when cricket in Pakistan will really feel like it’s back. It’s really important because Pakistan has always been a really talented team but they need to play in front of their own crowds and their own kids so they can inspire the next generation coming through,” Moeen Ali said.