Things that made news in Pakistan Cricket today

Pakistan has won their first T20I home series against Bangladesh under the captaincy of Babar Azam recently and now are practicing under training sessions for the two-match test series out of which the first match is to be held on from 7-11 February and the second will be played after Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Talking about tests, the shorter format skipper, Babar has revealed how he has scored maiden test century on the home ground. Reviving, he said,

“It was a totally out of this world experience for me as the crowd chanted my name when I was walking out to bat, When your crowd cheers for you, you want to give your everything to it,” Babar said in a video interview released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Babar is now practicing to play the first test under Azhar Ali’s captaincy.

Relevant to the matter, the Bangladesh team has arrived at Islamabad to show off their skills at Rawalpindi Stadium for the first test.

International Cricket Council (ICC) has also announced the match officials for Pakistan-Bangladesh test which will include former West Indies skipper, Richie Richardson to serve as a match referee, Nigel Llong, and Chris Gaffaney to act as on-field umpires and Shozab Raza as the fourth umpire.

Where the training sessions for Rawalpindi tests are going on, the fitness test was also conducted in which the Akmal brothers and Salman Butt could not pass out. Umar Akmal being angry has shown misbehaving remarks to the trainer saying “Charbi Kahan hai” over which Rashid Latif and Shoaib Akhtar have backed him in this latest controversy.

They both have said that the PCB does not know how to utilize the middle-order batsman like Umar Akmal.

Former wicket-keeper batsman Latif raised questions on the behavior which led him at this point where he is showing frustration. “Firstly, we need to know the reasons which forced Akmal to misbehave,” he said.

“The cricket board has wasted him. They wanted him in the middle-order but he was given chance in just two matches. I know he has been failed to deliver but he can be utilized properly,” Akhtar said while talking on a news channel.

On the contrary, taking into consideration the woes of Asia Cup 2020 given rise by India not willing to play in Pakistan, the chairman of PCB has got the right to decide on hosting of Asia Cup 2020 however, the venue and date are still undecided.

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