With almost the return of international cricket in Pakistan, several teams are willing to tour Pakistan neglecting security concerns as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have put keen efforts in minimizing such concerns. Since September 2019, two teams have visited Pakistan and returned safely to their country with applauded praises.
At first, Sri Lanka sent their junior players because security was still the major concern for the foreigners. When they returned with the positive views, the seniors visited for another series of the game either shorter or longer formats. International cricket is almost has turned its foot back to Pakistan as Bangladesh tour of Pakistan that has been ended recently brought another positive point for Pakistan as South Africa tour of Pakistan (T20 matches) according to ARY News is to be held by March 27th and 29th after the South Africa team will return from India by 21st March to Pakistan, Islamabad.
Bangladesh Cricket Board at first denied to play tests but later on when they got complete satisfaction, went on for two-match test series out of which one has been winded-up as Pakistan declared a victory over Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs and the second match will be held at Karachi, National Stadium after the termination of HBL PSL 2020.
However, BCB have declined Waseem Khan’s proposal of the day-night test match with the pink ball against hosts Pakistan at National stadium saying that their management was not ready to head into the test unprepared.
Taking under consideration the same scenario, PCB have also announced England’s Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) tour of Pakistan, which is expected to be held February 13-19. This will be MCC’s first visit to Pakistan in more than four decades. The last time a Marylebone Cricket Club toured Pakistan was in 1973.
The Rawalpindi test that has just been margined, ended up with a boost in ICC Test rankings moving Babar Azam, the only consistent batsman of the Pakistani batting line-up, to the 5th spot. This has made him the only batsman among the top 5 ICC rankings in all three formats. This must have been the recent trending news for Pakistani cricket fans.
With Babar Azam, other players that have been top-rated by the end of the Rawalpindi test were Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah. The test has brought a piece of luck to pacers. Left-armed medium-pacer Shaheen claimed his fourth wicket in the first innings for 53 runs. After the remarkable piece of performance, Shaheen became the 1st Pakistani left-handed pacer to have 4 wickets haul in a test at Rawalpindi in the first innings and the second after Azhar Mehmood. Another younger speedster who has blasted the social media by his hat-trick is Naseem Shah who broke the prior record of Abdul Razzaq by claiming a test hat-trick at the age of 17.
On the contrary, one of the most experienced and senior all-rounder from Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez once again has been provided authority to bowl in international cricket as he was directed to give the test in Lahore for his action reported by the England Cricket in 2019 during the Country Championship.
Coming to the disappointing acts, Nasir Jamshed, the former batsman has found himself under hot waters for bribing the players for match-fixing in BPL and PSL along with his accomplices and have been sentenced for 17 months by Uk, Manchester Court. The PCB has formed an inquiry committee following a complaint lodged by NCA’s coaching and management staff for Umar Akmal’s inappropriate behavior with his fitness trainer asking Charbee Kahan hai? The batsman appeared in front of the committee on Tuesday but, will be again there by Wednesday.
It is to be noted that the last and second test-match between the hosts Pakistan and Bangladesh will be held in the month of April once after the HBL PSL will be terminated.