Big update came regarding the organization of Rawalpindi Test between Pakistan and England
14 players of England became ill due to viral infection a day earlier.
New Delhi. The England cricket team has come to play a Test series in Pakistan after almost a decade and a half. The first Test is to be played between the two countries in Rawalpindi on 1st December i.e. from today. But, a day before this, it was reported that out of the playing-XI selected by England for this test, half a dozen players have become ill due to viral infection and are not in a position to play the match. In such a situation, there was a possibility of postponing this test for a day. The England and Wales Cricket Board and PCB were in constant touch on this issue. Now an update has come about the Rawalpindi Test that this match will not be postponed and will start from today i.e. Thursday itself.
The ECB has informed the PCB that they are in a position to field a playing XI, and as such, the first Test will begin as per the schedule at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from today i.e. Thursday. That is, the clouds of doubt that were hovering over the start of the Rawalpindi Test between Pakistan and England at the scheduled time have now been dispelled. Both PCB and ECB have confirmed the start of the test on time.
Let us tell you that a day ago it was reported that 14 players of the team including England captain Ben Stokes have become ill. Only five players Joe Root, Jack Crowley, Harry Brook, Ollie Pope and Keaton Jennings took part in the team’s optional practice session on Wednesday. All the other players were advised to rest in the hotel itself.
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It is not yet clear whether England will land with the same playing-XI which it announced two days ago or there will be any change in it. If the same playing XI remains, then Liam Livingstone will make his Test debut and Ben Duckett will open the innings with Jack Crowley. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson will be the two specialist fast bowlers and Captain Stokes can play the role of the third fast bowler.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : December 01, 2022, 09:25 IST