Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident his team can defend their top world ranking despite a stern challenge from Australia in the three-match Twenty20 International series thats begins in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Sarfraz led Pakistan to a tri-series triumph in Zimbabwe last July by beating Australia in the final at Harare and need to win at least one match to retain their Number 1 spot.
Pakistan will be without their most experienced batsman Shoaib Malik who was with his tennis star wife Sania Mirza in India for the birth of their first child.
Australia, who beat Pakistan in a group match of the tri-series, need to win 3-0 if they want to jump from their current third position to the top.
Although there is a vast array of T20I international stars on show but this is not the talk of the town ahead of the three-match T20I series between Pakistan and Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
During the trophy unveiling ceremony on Tuesday, the fans were struck with amazement when they saw a glimpse of the winners’ prize.
The sponsors for the series are a biscuit manufacturing company but they made it so obvious and invited criticism from fans and the International Cricket Council (ICC) as well. As expected Twitteratti were ruthless in their reaction towards the trophy.
Here’s how Twitter reacts;
International Cricket Council (ICC) triggered a brutal troll on social media as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unveiled ‘biscuit trophy’ for Australia-Pakistan T20I series.
You vs the trophy she told you not to worry about. pic.twitter.com/DUGWKWFTbE
— ICC (@ICC) October 23, 2018
Itna bara TUC biscuit khana chahta hoon! Meri saadgi dekh mai kia chahta hun ?.
Well both Pakistan and Australia will play 3 t20s to ensure who will eat large TUC biscuit ?. pic.twitter.com/GtX7hLtmMV
— Cricking World (@CrickingWorld) October 23, 2018
Because of a silly trophy I am now wondering if TUC is a biscuit or a cracker. Or are these two terms interchangeable?
— Haider K Abbasi (@HaiderKAbbasi) October 23, 2018
— Muneeb Farrukh (@Muneeb313_) October 23, 2018
Can’t believe these tweets were posted by ICC. Ridiculing a trophy design by the sport’s governing body is totally unacceptable. I hope PCB takes up this matter with ICC. pic.twitter.com/QHLPlvRCdu
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) October 23, 2018
Holy Tuc, look at this trophy. pic.twitter.com/PQYJeHZjAR
— Barny Read (@BarnabyRead) October 23, 2018
If Series was sponsored by Ding Dong pic.twitter.com/n6153o3O4i
— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) October 23, 2018
i think Biscuit Trophy is better than This one pic.twitter.com/NEs1CMpbZ4
— NABEEL RAJPUT (@NABEELRAJPOOT) October 24, 2018
— Hasnain (@hasnain_me) October 23, 2018
ICC be like:
— Muhammad Mamin Raza (@MaminRaza) October 24, 2018