PAKISTAN and Australia have had attention-grabbing matches since they first met in 1956 in a solitary Check on the nationwide Stadium Karachi the place Pakistan pulverised the Australians inflicting a heavy defeat regardless of the names like Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Neil Harvey within the staff.
The prized trophy within the sport since its inception has been The Ashes and contested by the standard rivals England and Australia. That was from the 1882-83 Check between them on the MCG when the urn containing the ashes of a bail or a bat was introduced to the England captain Ivo Bligh to mourn England’s defeat by the Australians at The Oval couple of years earlier.
The eagerness and the ethos of that competitors between the 2 international locations swayed feelings amongst the followers of the sport every time the 2 met.
Regaining The Ashes and retaining the trophy was the final word prize which continued to boost the rivalry for nearly over 100 years.
From W.G. Grace to Don Bradman to Hutton, Compton and Cowdrey the keenness seldom diminished until the sport advanced and moved on in a distinct route with increasingly groups competing with one another to evoke a distinct form of following.
Wisden Trophy, Pataudi Trophy of latest occasions come to thoughts.
The Ashes within the final three a long time appeared to have muted curiosity amongst its followers due to their frequent encounters with one another.
With India and Pakistan dealing with one another every time attainable attracts as a lot curiosity and crowd much more than The Ashes when performed at residence, be it India or in Pakistan.
Sadly, for causes apart from cricket, relations haven’t been too cordial at political stage between India and Pakistan. However realistically a match between the 2 international locations has at all times remained a drawcard.
Fazal Mahmood had destroyed them together with his curling leg-cutters to win Pakistan a memorable Check which I watched sitting within the crowd.
Taking part in in UAE on gradual pitches could possibly be coronary heart breaking at occasions for the bowlers and the batsmen. And but Pakistan on their adopted grounds within the UAE right here have managed to maintain the flag flying.
Of their final encounter right here Pakistan scored a 2-Zero win within the Exams in opposition to the Aussies with Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, Azhar Ali displaying to the world that they had been no lesser mortals.
Earlier in Australia in Steve Smith’s staff had given Pakistan a 3-Zero drabbing.
However that’s all historical past. Each Pakistan and Australia will probably be at their finest beneath Sarfraz Ahmed and Tim Paine, the brand new captain. Sarfraz had a torrid Asia Cup and so did his staff however general for Pakistan final one yr has been a hit story.
Our reminiscences are quick and therefore we instantly pounce on gamers’ poor performances in the event that they fail. Worry of failure is the most important hazard.
That may play on the minds of the Pakistan gamers little doubt. However Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz and Babar Azam now are fairly skilled with a handful of spinners and pacemen to ship when wanted.
I really feel Yasir Shah will be the important thing taking a look at his document right here prior to now whereas Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz too may pose issues.
Australia have by no means fancied gradual and low bounce pitches on this area and that will probably be their handicap if any however they too have Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland as spinners to match.
If solely proper selections are made and horses for the programs are picked by Pakistan, I don’t see a lot downside, be it Australia now or New Zealand later this month.
Printed in , October seventh, 2018