By Amlan Chakraborty
Skipper Azhar Ali and his squad will discover how much cricket has changed in the six months since their last test, with COVID-19 curbs putting a stop to the use of saliva to shine the ball and forcing games to be played without fans.
The bulk of the squad arrived on Sunday after clearing a battery of tests and the matches will be staged in a bio-secure bubble, which will undoubtedly take some time to get used to.
England, however, should be well-versed in cricket's 'new normal' by the time they face Pakistan, with their home series against West Indies next month to be played in the same kind of bio-secure environment.
Of their frontline quicks, only Mohammad Abbas has played test matches in England, with the exciting Shaheen Afridi and 17-year-old Naseem Shah having only 12 test caps between them.
"But we have the skills: (our bowlers) are young and have a lot to offer. They can give trouble to any team in the world."
'FRAGILE' TOP ORDER
"Looking at their batting, their top order has been fragile for some time since Alastair Cook retired," he said.
The onus will be on Azhar and Babar Azam to provide the bulk of those runs, with the other batsmen looking to bat in partnership with the mainstays and counter England's varied pace attack, especially the dangerous Jofra Archer.
Pakistan have been whitewashed by South Africa and Australia in their last two away series and chief selector Misbah, who enjoys considerable power in Pakistan cricket, will be determined not to suffer the same fate in England.