ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) honoured the national men’s team for their impressive performances through a meet and greet session in Islamabad on Thursday.
The PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa were among the dignitaries on this occasion.
In a social media post, the PCB said that the star-studded evening was “filled with memories and appreciation for the players”.
While speaking to media on the sidelines of the event, Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf was satisfied with the team’s performance in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup — where the Men in Green lost to England in the final.
“We are thankful to Allah Almighty that we played the final of T20 World Cup,” said Rauf.
“On an individual level, I gave my best on the field. I know Australian conditions which is why I was able to bowl in accordance with the demands of pitches there,” he added.
Pakistan’s next international assignment is the three-match Test series against England on home soil.
Speaking ahead of the series, Rauf said that he is keen on making his Test debut against England.
“It is a dream for every player to wear Test cap. I have been with the Pakistan team for quite a while and If I get the chance to make my debut in the upcoming series, I will try to execute whatever I have learned from my seniors,” he said.
Shedding light on the series, which begins on December 1 in Rawalpindi, top-order batter Shan Masood was excited about locking horns with a flamboyant English side.
“Every player likes to make big scores in Test cricket but we will assess the conditions first in Rawalpindi,” he said.
“It will be an interesting series because we will be up against a team which has changed the way Test cricket is played,” he added.
The England team will arrive in Pakistan on November 27 for the much-anticipated tour.
After the first match in Rawalpindi, the second Test moves to Multan starting on Friday, December 9, and the final Test of the tour will take place at the National Stadium in Karachi, commencing on Saturday, December 17.