Australia is gearing up for its home season and its first guest is the Pakistani Cricket Team. Newly elected skipper Shan Masood is set to lead his side to a three-match Test Series starting in 12 days.
It is a massive series for both sides with huge World Test Championship points up for grabs. The entire Pakistani team landed on Friday as they get ready to play against the Pat Cummins-led side that has just won the ODI World Cup tournament.
Low-key welcome for Pakistan Cricket Team
Pakistan Cricket Team and its fans were shocked to see that there was no one present to welcome the team. The men in green came out of the airport lounge and had to load their luggage onto the transport from the airport.
No official present from Pakistan embassy or Australia to receive Pakistani Players at Airport. Pakistan Players were forced to load their luggage on the truck.
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This was entirely different from the whole-hearted welcome that was given in India. When Pakistan came to play in the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament, Hyderabad airport was filled to the brim. Enthusiastic Indian fans cheered for the then Babar Azam-led side.
It has come to light that neither officials from Australian Cricket nor any member of the Pakistani embassy had come to receive the team. Mohammad Rizwan took the lead as he was helping his team members load their bags.
Shan Masood sounded confident during the press conference on Friday. The 34-year-old said that he saw this tour as a chance to create history. For the unversed, Pakistan is yet to win a test series Down Under.
The Pakistan test skipper said “When you have not achieved something in history, then you have an opportunity to change it. So we will make an effort to produce positive results for Pakistan and the World Test championship,”
Babar Azam is in his first tour as a player after stepping down as the skipper of the Pakistan team. Shaheen Afridi has already been named the T20I skipper while there is still no captain named for the ODI format.
Pakistan will play against a select Prime Minister XI in Canberra from the 6th of December. Perth will play host to the 1st test starting on the 14th of December, followed by the MCG test starting on the 26th and the SCG test match starting on the 3rd of January.