The England team is currently training in Abu Dhabi.
England will play Test series in Pakistan after 17 years.
Leading fast bowler Shaheen Afridi will not be able to play.
Karachi. The first Test between Pakistan and England in Rawalpindi from December 1 to 5 will go ahead as scheduled despite the possibility of political instability in the city and neighboring Islamabad. Sources gave this information. The decision to hold the Test at the Rawalpindi stadium was taken after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Rameez Raja and the British High Commissioner in Pakistan met with Imran Khan, the president of the main opposition party. Imran’s party has planned to organize a big rally in these two cities on 26 and 27 November.
According to sources, former Pakistan cricket captain Imran has assured Rameez and the British High Commissioner that there will be no disruption in the match and there will be no threat to the safety of the England players. The source said, “Imran has told Rameez that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party workers coming to Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been told not to hold any rally or protest at the Rawalpindi stadium or around the two team hotels in Islamabad.” Do it.”
Concerns were raised about the PCB’s decision to hold the Test match in Rawalpindi as political parties have in the past used international matches to promote their agenda. Due to political instability, if the security officials of the England team or the local administration had any concerns about the security of both the teams, then the PCB had prepared an alternative plan to move the first test.
The England team is currently training in Abu Dhabi and will reach Islamabad on 27 November. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has asked its workers to assemble in Islamabad on this day. The second Test will be played in Multan from 9 to 13 December and the third Test in Karachi from 17 to 21 December. The England team is visiting Pakistan for the first time in 17 years.
Pakistan team against England: Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 24, 2022, 12:37 IST