Cricket Australia is keeping an eye on Pakistan’s tour after deadly Peshawar bombing. The blast, which killed several worshippers. Occurred on the same day as the first Test match between Pakistan and Australia began in Rawalpindi.
Security has always been a major concern for any international cricketing team visiting PAK. After a bomb exploded near a hotel in Karachi in 2002, NZ canceled their tour of Pakistan with immediate effect. The cricketing community also recalls vividly the 2009 scenario from Lahore. When the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus attack by terrorist elements. Pakistan was forced to withdraw as an international host for a decade.
The ghosts of terror returned to Pakistan’s international cricket schedule on Friday, March 4. A suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Peshawar, about 188 kilometers from Rawalpindi, where Pakistan and Australia are playing their first Test match, kill more than 50 worshippers and injure several. According to local media, more than 150 people were inside the mosque when it was attack by gunmen, and a man ran inside and detonated a bomb.
The incident shocked the cricketing community, and Cricket Australia (CA) was closely monitoring the situation. In the past, teams such as New Zealand and England refused to play in Pakistan, incurring the wrath of the home country, and this time, Australian cricketer Ashton Agar received a death threat ahead of the series.
Pakistan’s tour:here is no evidence of a blast affecting the historic series.
Peshawar is not on Australia’s current itinerary, and the visiting players have been given presidential-style security during the month-long tour. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian team officials were monitoring the situation and in contact with the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It also stated that there is no indication that the Peshawar bombing will have a negative impact on the series.
The current match in Rawalpindi is Pakistan’s sixth Test since the 2009 incident.
Both the CA and the Pakistan Cricket Board have worked hard to make the series a reality, and they will do everything possible to ensure that the tour does not get derailed in the middle.
Meanwhile, Pakistan was comfortably placed at 245 for 1 at the end of Day 1 of the Test match, after captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat. Imam-ul-Haque smashed an unbeaten 132, while Azhar Ali batted on 64 not out. Nathan Lyon took Australia’s only wicket, which came from the other opener, Abdullah Shafique (44).