Ben Stokes & Co has arrived in Pakistan on a historic tour. The Three Lions are touring Pakistan after a 17-year three-match Test series. Pakistan has twice hosted its home series against England on neutral ground in the United Arab Emirates. However, millions of ardent cricket fans in Pakistan are happy that England will finally be playing Test cricket in Pakistan. The historic test series created a huge buzz on social media.
Before the first Test match, Pakistan cricket The Board (PCB) shared an entertaining video from a promotional session on Twitter. In the fun video, Pakistani Muhammad Wasim Jr. and fast pacer Naseem Shah can be seen taking part in the exhilarating Whisper Challenge. The game involves guessing what the other person is saying while wearing headphones and listening to music.
While Wasim and Naseem do their best in the challenge, Islamabad United comes out on top. PCB’s video went viral on the Internet and netizens applauded the young players for showing their funny side. Many fans also answered that PCB should make more videos like this. On top of that, Wasim and Naseem will both play a big part in the high-stakes series, and fans are happy that they are both calming down before taking on a formidable team like England.
This is an important series of Commander Babar Azam. The 28-year-old was widely criticized for his captaincy in the recently concluded T20 Globalism Glass. Babar is also going through a rough patch and has not contributed significantly with the bat in recent months. A win in a comprehensive Test series against a great England team would go a long way to silencing his critics. But recent reports are not great regarding the first Test in Rawalpindi.
Reports indicate that the England team is in disarray on the eve of the first Test with 13 to 14 members of the traveling party – including half of the 16-man squad – contracting a virus or a bug. Although England has brought its own chef on this tour, Omar Meziane, food poisoning cannot be ruled out either. If England fails to field a suitable XI to play for the First Test, due to begin on 1 December, the match can be postponed for 24 hours.