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Pak vs Aus: Who will open Pakistan’s innings in first Test?

Pakistan Test squad greeting Aussie players after an innings

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Pak vs Aus: Who will open Pakistan's innings in first Test?
  • Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafiq to open Pakistan’s innings, say sources. 
  • Skipper Babar Azam, Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam to play in middle-order.
  • Sources say Muhammad Wasim likely to make his debut in Test series.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan left-handed batsman Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafiq will open Pakistan’s innings against Australia in the upcoming first Test, sources privy to the matter told Geo News.

According to sources, skipper Babar Azam, Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam will play as middle-order batsmen.

“Spinners Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Naseem Shah will also play the in first Test,” said the sources.

Muhammad Wasim Jr is also likely to make his debut in the first Test, the sources said. 

The three-match Test series will kickstart on March 4 (tomorrow) in Rawalpindi, while the city police have finalised security arrangements, and over 4,000 policemen will be deployed for the event.

The Pat Cummins-led side will face Pakistan in three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and a Twenty20 International. 

Rawalpindi will host the opening Test and white-ball leg of the series, while Karachi and Lahore will host the second and third Tests, respectively.

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PSL 9 match security details released

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The PSL will see over 16,000 police officers handling security responsibilities since matches in Rawalpindi and Multan will have a security strategy in place.

Colin Munro and Tymal Mills of Islamabad United landed in Lahore, and the team will play Lahore Qalandars to open the season.

Mohsin Naqvi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced that the PSL’s ninth season will start on February 17.

He stated that the duration of the traffic closure would be limited and that the public would be notified about other routes through the media in a timely manner. He also directed that effective management be made to preserve fluency for the convenience of the people.

The Lahore DIG Operations Police announced that around 7000 people will be assigned to a security strategy that would guarantee spectators, including cricket players, complete security.

According to the security plan, residents would be permitted entry after completing four levels of security, and 13 SPs, 36 DSPs, and 81 inspectors would be stationed. The situation would also be continually monitored by the Punjab Safe City Authority’s cameras.

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PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi requests an in-depth spending report.

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Mohsin Naqvi, the recently elected chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has started a thorough investigation of the organization’s spending.

The request, which is aimed at the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), highlights the organization’s careful attention to financial management.

Information obtained from people with knowledge of the situation reveals that the scope of the spending report includes all aspects of PCB’s business.

These consist of funding for the Pakistan cricket team, expenditures for sports personnel, and match-related costs. Furthermore, the report will give information on the PCB’s yearly budget and player compensation.

Chairman Naqvi’s decision is more than just a formality; it reflects a deeper desire to link spending to the national cricket team’s results.

It is believed that Chairman Naqvi is eager to examine the monetary outlays in comparison to the results achieved on the field, suggesting a calculated approach to resource distribution.

Chairman Naqvi is scheduled to call a briefing with the PCB’s senior brass after the comprehensive report has been prepared.

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Cyberattack on PSL 9 ticket purchasing website

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The franchise league announced that a hack occurred on Tuesday night on the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 online ticketing site.

The league revealed that the PSL ticket partners’ technical staff is working to resolve the issues brought on by the website hack.

PSL stated, “The [HBL PSL 9] ticketing website (http://pcb.tcs.com.pk) has been the target of a cyberattack.”

“The ticketing partners’ technical staff is effectively resolving the issue. We anticipate a prompt resolution and hope that the service provider’s website will soon be back up and running.

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