It would be interesting to observe how the Australian squad responds to this occurrence.
The first Test of Australia’s historic tour of Pakistan began on Friday (March 4) in Rawalpindi, with two sides squaring battle in the first of three Tests. This is Australia’s first visit to the Asian country in almost a quarter-century, and international cricket has finally returned to Pakistan. The whole Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held in Pakistan, with several international players putting their safety first.
On Friday afternoon, though, Pakistan was jolted by a massive bomb attack inside a mosque in Peshawar. The tragic tragedy occurred as people were worshipping in the mosque, when the bomb killed 30 individuals and wounded 50 more. Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, also denounced the bombing and ordered urgent medical assistance for the injured.
What is the status of Australia’s tour right now?
Peshawar, where the incident occurred, is around 187 kilometres from Rawalpindi Stadium, where the present first Test is taking place. Cricket Australia had gone through the security procedures many times before approving the visit. Even Australia’s players expressed their confidence in the nation ahead of the commencement of the first Test. However, it will be interesting to observe how the Australians respond to the next trip.
Pakistan, on the other hand, has dominated the first day of the Test match after electing to bat first. Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique put up a 105-run partnership for the first wicket, and the former has proceeded to play well to register a wonderful century. The visitors’ sole wicket-taker so far is Nathan Lyon, who would want to finish the day with a couple more wickets.
While it is uncertain if the Australian squad is concerned after the bombing in Peshawar, the visiting group would be concentrating on making a return in the current Test match in Rawalpindi. To make a comeback, Australia will need to bat effectively in the first innings.