The Pakistan cricket team players in England have taken part in yet another practice match at New Road ground Worcestershire, starting from 11th of July, it was a two-day practice game with Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali leading Pakistan Greens and Sarfaraz Ahmed leading Pakistan Whites.
Pakistan Green’s Babar Azam and Pakistan White’s Shaheen Shah Afridi were stars of the show on the first day of the two-day practice match. Pakistan Green’s Babar Azam scored unbeaten 82 runs while Pakistan White’s Shaheen Shah Afridi bagged four wickets for 91 runs.
Pakistan Greens ended up at 318/8 on day 1.
However Pakistan Whites came out strong on the second day with resistance from Imam and Iftikhar and were 78/1 on lunch day 2.
Wahab Riaz who earlier announced retirement from Test cricket in late 2019 has comeback and bowled for Pakistan Greens today on the second day of the two day practice match at Worcestershire. Fakhar Zaman continued his poor form and got out early even though he is said to be one of Pakistan’s better opening options, opener Imam ul Haq and Iftikhar Ahmed coming at three stood strong and led Pakistan to 78/1 at lunch.
Imam ul Haq and Iftikhar Ahmed got retired on 74* and 86* respectively in the second session.
Then came out Fawad Alam for whom everyone was eager to watch play, who has been sidelined for years even though his domestic performances have always been top notch, he with the Pakistan White’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed took the team to a total of 209/1 on Tea day 2 of the two day practice match. Fawad Alam only managed to score 37 before getting out.
Pakistan Whites ended up on 338/5 at the end of second day’s play, and match being called a draw. Shadab Khan 51* Imam ul Haq 74* and Iftikhar Ahmad 86* were top scorers for the day while Musa and Shinwari bagged one wicket each.
Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Musa Khan and Usman Shinwari
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Rohail Nazir
This game will surely help Pakistan cricket team players to get their forms back and also get used to English playing conditions as soon as possible. These practice games will also help the management and the captain to select best possible playing elevens for the upcoming test series against England.
The first test match will start on 5th of August at Old Trafford, Manchester.