After much anticipation, the glittering trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the historic three-match Test series between Pakistan and England has finally been revealed. This comes after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the first Test would go ahead as planned according to the schedule that was initially established.
“The ECB (England Cricket Board) has informed the PCB that they are in a position to field an XI, and, as such, the first PAKvENG Test will commence as per schedule today (Thursday, 1 December) at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium,” tweeted PCB early in the morning.
After winning the toss, England’s captain Ben Stokes determined that the conditions at the Pindi Cricket Stadium were more favourable for batsmen, hence England decided to bat first. While Liam Livingstone will be making his first appearance in a Test for the squad, Ben Duckett will be making his comeback to the red-ball side after a hiatus of six years.
On the other side, Pakistan’s starting XI includes four players who have never received a cap for their country. For the national team, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Ali, Zahid Mehmood, and Saud Shakeel are all making their first appearances in a test match.