The first Test between England and Pakistan, which begins on Thursday in Rawalpindi, made headlines a day before the match when about half of the players on the touring team, including captain Ben Stokes, fell ill with an unidentified infection. The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board stated on Wednesday that they were talking about the future steps. During this time, a notable guest attended England’s training session in Rawalpindi. Joe Root, a former captain of England, brought a cup of milk for the kitten.
Always thinking of others. @root66 feeding one of the Pindi Cricket Ground’s kittens this morning at practice. pic.twitter.com/zoDyE4sK9f
— Danny Reuben (@dannyreuben) November 30, 2022
The decision to start the first Test between England and Pakistan will not be delayed, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which made the announcement on Thursday. Following the outbreak of a virus in the Three Lions’ camp, both boards have agreed to start the match on Thursday as scheduled. In Rawalpindi for the first Test against Pakistan, England said they would be able to field a starting lineup.
“The ECB has informed the PCB that they are in a position to field an XI, and, as such, the first Test will commence as per schedule today (Thursday, 1 December) at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium,” ECB said in a tweet. In the first Test match against Pakistan, England captain Ben Stokes decided to bat first after winning the toss.