England did not play any Test cricket on Pakistan soil since 2005 but the much-awaited series is now underway after a gap of 17 years. No one from the current English side has toured Pakistan for a Test series except the Test specialist James Anderson.
It is worth mentioning that this series will also be part of the World Test Championship. England are out of contention for a spot in the final with their disastrous Ashes series in Australia at the end of last year and a disappointing series with the West Indies in March. Pakistan, on the other hand, are still in contention to win a place in next year’s final at The Oval.
Talking about the series, veteran pacer Stuart Broad took a break from international cricket and wants to spend quality time with his family. Speedster, Mark Wood will be replacing Broad. Some new faces can also be introduced by the England team management.
Barmy Army receive appreciation for their heartwarming gesture
On Friday (December 2) during the second day of play in the series opener at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Barmy Army won the hearts of cricket fans across the world by helping a young Pakistani fan get tickets for a game for two days. The video was shared on Barmy Army’s social media account and immediately went viral on Twitter.
“Meet Daim. He joined us yesterday but didn’t have a ticket for today but one of our kind members helped him get a ticket for today and tomorrow. Two nations, one sport,” Barmy Army captioned their post on Twitter.
Watch the video here :
Meet Daim 👋— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 2, 2022
He joined us yesterday but didn’t have a ticket for today but one of our kind members helped him get a ticket for today and tomorrow 💚
Two nations, one sport.#PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/qb5YY3kMZt
Earlier, on Monday, England skipper Ben Stokes announced that he will be donating his match fees from the upcoming Test series against Pakistan to flood victims.
“To be here after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting. There is a sense of responsibility amongst the playing and support group, and to be here is special, The game has given me a lot in my life and I feel it’s only right to give something back that goes beyond cricket,” he wrote.