Pakistan are hosting a three-match Test series against England, which started on Thursday, December 1 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. The batters rewrote cricket history, as the flat Rawalpindi pitch allowed them to score hundreds after hundreds, with seven centuries scored in the first three days.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ramiz Raja snapped at a journalist for quoting Pakistan captain Babar Azam in one of his questions to him.
Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique set a new record for Pakistan’s highest opening partnership in Test cricket against England with their 225-run partnership. The previous record was held by Mohsin Hasan and Shoaib Muhammad in 1984, with an opening partnership of 173 runs.
The Ben Stokes-led team scored a massive 506 runs on an opening day before being bowled out for 657 runs. At the end of day 2, Pakistan scored 499 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their first innings.
Aap Khel Le Phir – Ramiz Raja
Ramiz was present on Day 2 in Rawalpindi, where he was asked about the pitch criticism. “In such cases what type of pitches we we have had because Babar had said that we have a golden chance here?” one of the journalists asked.
Ramiz fumed at the reporter, saying, “Phir wohi baat kar rahe hain, aap khel le phir” (Again, you are saying the same thing. You go and play then).
We Have A Golden Chance – Babar Azam
The journalist recalled Babar’s pre-match quote about Pakistan’s prospects of reaching the World Test Championship final.
“We are excited about that prospect of playing the WTC final. This is an important series for that. We have a golden chance to achieve that if we win four of the five Tests to come [three against England followed by two against New Zealand],” he had said.
“We got around a week to prepare for the series, so that was great and has given us some edge and momentum. The best thing was that first-class matches were on so some of the players were already playing red-ball cricket.”
The first Test against Australia, held earlier this year in Rawalpindi, was also a run-fest, with Pakistan scoring 728 runs for four wickets across two innings. In the second innings, the visitors also scored 459 runs.