ISLAMABAD: Today is a historic moment in Pakistan cricket’s history and that the revival of international cricket will send a powerful and positive message to the rest of the world.
Chief Executive Officer Faisal Hasnain of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated this today. After a gap of 24 years, Pakistan and Australia are facing each other in Rawalpindi today (Friday/March 4).
PCB chief said that Pakistani cricket fans have waited 24 years for this moment and expressed gratitude to the Australian Cricket Team for their tour to Pakistan.
Nick Hockley, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Australia, thanked the PCB for the warm welcome and “best security” provided to their team. Hockley stated that Australia’s confidence has strengthened after seeing cricket preparations and enthusiasm in Pakistan.
Todd Greenberg, CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, also commended the Pakistan and Australian cricket boards for their hard work.
The Rawalpindi Test marks a new beginning for the two teams’ cricket ties, Faisal Hasnain concluded.
Pakistan vs Australia encounter in Rawalpindi
Both teams are stacked with world-class players and proven Test performers who have made their names across multiple formats around the world. For Pakistan, Babar Azam, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, and Mohammad Rizwan are going to shoulder batting responsibilities, while Australia possesses batters like Steve Smith, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Marnus Labuschagne.
The two sides have kept a close eye on the Rawalpindi pitch, which has a tradition of being a sporting one. The last Test played at the venue was Pakistan’s 95-run triumph against South Africa almost a year ago.
Since the return of Test cricket to Pakistan in December 2019, this will be the fourth Test at the venue. The 2020 Pakistan-Sri Lanka match ended in a draw.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.
Australia: Pat Cummins (captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.
Match officials: Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (match referee).