Ace England paceman Saqib Mahmood will mark his return to competitive cricket after being named in the England Lions white-ball leg squad for the Sri Lankan series. Mahmood sustained a stress fracture in his back that kept him out of contention for the entire international bilateral series on home turf in 2022.
Saqib Mahmood made his debut for England’s national test cricket team against West Indies in 2022. Mahmood had a fascinating debut for the Three Lions where he claimed six wickets with a stunning average of 22.83. Mahmood had an unfortunate stint for Gloucestershire at the County Championship in May 2022 where the pacer sustained a back injury and has remained out of action since then.
However, Saqib Mahmood was then inducted into the pace bowler rehabilitation program at the ICC Cricket Academy in the United Arab Emirates. Mahmood joined the program in October 2022 alongside his national colleague Brydon Carse who was also out of action after sustaining an injury against South Africa last summer. Notably, Carse has also been named in the England Lions white-ball squad.
Prominent fast bowler Matt Fisher, Somerset skipper Tom Abell, left-arm spinner Tom Hartley, and in-form paceman Sam Cook are among the players who have been named in both, the red-ball as well as the white-ball squads.
Interestingly, England’s splendid capped players Zak Crawley and Alex Lees have also made it in the England Lions red-ball squad for Sri Lanka. Also included in the squad are Haseeb Hameed and tall paceman Ollie Robinson who is geared up to make a thumping comeback after being out to an injury.
Here is the England Lions squad for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka:
England Lions Test Squad
Tom Abell, Josh Bohannon, Jack Carson, Sam Cook, Matt Fisher, Nathan Gilchrist, Tom Haines, Haseeb Hameed, Josh Tongue, Tom Hartley, Jack Haynes, Lyndon James, Alex Lees, Liam Patterson-White, Ollie Robinson, Jamie Smith
England Lions ODI Squad
Tom Abell, Tom Banton, Jacob Bethell, Brydon Carse, Sam Cook, Jordan Cox, Mason Crane, Matt Critchley, Matt Fisher, Sam Hain, Tom Hartley, Luke Wood, Tom Lammonby, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Prest, James Rew