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England face a hectic week of preparation for the T20 World Cup as Adil Rashid prepares to lead the way in Dubai

By the time England meet for the first time in Dubai on Saturday as a full team in the T20 World Cup, they will only have one week before their opener against the West Indies, who have so famous for the title in 2016.

Eleven of the team’s 15 members, plus three traveling reserves, train in scenic Oman, a short drive away.

Latecomers in the parade at least use their time well. Last night, Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders edged the Delhi Capitals in an IPL qualifying final thriller to secure a spot for tomorrow’s final against Moeen Ali’s Chennai Super Kings.

Morgan’s night distilled his tournament: a good captain, but a duck in the KKR collapse continued disturbing form.

England travel to Dubai on Saturday, where they will join Morgan, Moeen, Tom Curran and Sam Billings, who were not selected for Delhi yesterday.

The preparation week will be busy. They have warm-up games against Pakistan on Monday and New Zealand on Wednesday, which they need to help them decide their squad roster in the absence of injured trio of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran.

The dismal decision of the ECB to cancel the tour in Pakistan has already deprived them of two meetings, the second of which should have taken place yesterday.

IPL helped. While four Englishmen withdrew from the resumption of the suspended tournament due to Covid in May, 10 still traveled. They didn’t run out of playing time, but they struggled to make a major impact, while Curran had his stress fracture.

He has, however, been at least in the United Arab Emirates. Chris Jordan of the Punjab Kings said this week that the teams heavily involved in the IPL have “a bit of a head start” as it was very hot in Dubai, so it’s also a chance to watch the pitches.

These should be of concern to England. The IPL has seen some high scoring matches, but it is the spin that has characterized the tournament.