Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Mailk will play an important role for Pakistan in the ODI series.Reuters

After playing some superb cricket and defeating West Indies in the Test series, Pakistan will now have their eyes on the ODI format, which will witness four ODIs in UAE. The first ODI is set for 11 November in Abu Dhabi.

Though Pakistan looked a better team in the Test series, it is a completely different affair when the action shifts to coloured clothing. One or two drop catches could make a huge difference in the outcome of the match. The men in green have to start once again in the fifty over format and if their players get their act going, they are going to pose huge problems for the English side.

Pakistan have a good blend of batsmen and bowlers in their ODI squad, which makes them a huge threat in the series. Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik will be crucial with the bat, while Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah and Mohammad Irfan are key bowlers in the series.

Pakistan, who will be upbeat after their Test series win, have been in great ODI form as they have defeated Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the last two ODI series. It might not be a humongous task to defeat Zimbabwe, but to defeat Sri Lanka in their own backyard speaks volumes about their team.

With such performances under their belt, England are aware of their tough opponent, hence the Englishmen need to come up with some quality display if they are to defeat Pakistan in coloured clothing. England, who come into the series with a loss against Australia and victory over New Zealand, have a different squad for the ODI series with Eoin Morgan leading the side.

Morgan, who was not present in the Test squad will bring a fresh mentality into the team, which is required after their Test series loss. Other players such as Jos Buttler and Joe Root, who were a part of the Test squad, will know the conditions better and are expected to play an important role in the ODIs.

Ahead of the much anticipated ODI series, Pakistan and England played one ODI warm-up game against Nepal and Hong Kong respectively. Both Pakistan and England emerged victorious.

Pakistan got some good practice with batsmen like Malik amongst others scoring some important runs and the men in green also used as many as seven bowlers in the game. The same can be said for England with Moeen Ali and Alex Hales amongst runs and bowlers like David Willey impressing with a four-wicket haul.

Pakistan squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Anwar Ali, Amir Yamin,

England squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Taylor, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett

Pakistan vs England ODI series schedule

Pakistan vs England 1st ODI

Date – 11 November

Time – 3pm local time (4:30pm IST, 11am GMT, 4pm PKT)

Venue -Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan vs England 2nd ODI

Date – 13 November

Time – 3pm local time (4:30pm IST, 11am GMT, 4pm PKT)

Venue -Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan vs England 3rd ODI

Date – 17 November

Time – 3pm local time (4:30pm IST, 11am GMT, 4pm PKT)

Venue -Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Pakistan vs England 4th ODI

Date – 20 November

Time – 3pm local time (4:30pm IST, 11am GMT, 4pm PKT)

Venue -Dubai International Cricket Stadium