Ahead of their crucial Test series against Australia, the Pakistan cricket team is currently enjoying a warm-up game against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra. While the game itself is a serious affair, the visiting team found a moment of lightheartedness that left both players and fans in stitches.
During Day 2 of the warm-up match, the stump mic captured a conversation between captain Shan Masood, former captains Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed, as they discussed plans for a visit to Canberra. The exchange began with Masood assuring everyone they would be ready on time. Sarfaraz then confirmed, “Please come on time; you’ll be three guys, right?”
Confused, Masood asked who Sarfaraz was referring to. With a chuckle, Babar Azam quipped, “Where did the third one come from?”
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This unexpected interjection caught everyone off guard, resulting in laughter and good-natured banter amongst the players. The lighthearted moment served as a reminder of the camaraderie and team spirit within the Pakistan camp, even amidst the seriousness of preparing for a challenging series.
Pakistan enters the Test series against Australia following a disappointing performance in the ODI World Cup 2023. Having narrowly missed out on the semi-finals, the team is determined to redeem themselves in the longer format.
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However, Pakistan’s Test record in Australia is far from impressive. Their last series Down Under in 2019 resulted in a 3-0 whitewash for the hosts. This time around, the team faces the daunting task of overcoming not only the formidable Australian side but also their own historical struggles in this format.
Despite the odds, the Pakistan team remains optimistic and determined to put up a good fight. The warm-up game provided them with valuable practice and a chance to build momentum. The humorous exchange between Masood, Azam, and Ahmed showcased the team’s ability to remain positive and united, even while facing significant challenges.
As the Test series gets underway on December 14, all eyes will be on Pakistan to see if they can overcome their past struggles in Australia and write a new chapter in their cricketing history.