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Pak vs Eng Watch: England Barmy Army lead ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ chants in Multan

2022/12/13
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Pak vs Eng Watch: England Barmy Army lead ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ chants in Multan

The England Barmy Army group is currently in Pakistan where they are supporting Ben Stokes and co for their Test series against Babar Azam-led Pakistan.

A video of the England Barmy Army has gone viral on social media where its members can be seen chanting slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad” with the locals.

This isn’t the first time English fans have been seen mixing with Pakistan cricket team fans on this tour.

Back in Rawalpindi when England and Pakistan cricket team played their first Test last week, many English supporters were seen enjoying Desi Biryani and local foods and also sat down with security officials and Pakistan cricket team fans.

They have also dropped a vlog on YouTube where the England Barmy Army is seen speaking to different locals, distributing their merchandise, and chanting slogans in Pakistan’s favor, inside the Multan Stadium. 

Locals too returned the favor by congratulating the visiting fans for their win which will help England climb the World Test Championship ranking.

England is visiting Pakistan after a long hiatus of 17 years. They were scheduled to pay the visit last year, but it was postponed after the security team pulled it off at the eleventh hour.

Pak vs Eng Watch: England Barmy Army lead ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ chants in Multan

Since there was no appropriate evidence to back their decision to pull out of the tour, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja took it to the high officials in the England Cricket Board and protested internationally.

The ECB then guaranteed their arrival for 2022. They played a seven-game T20I series first before the T20 World Cup and now they are back in Pakistan to put on a show in Tests.

Pak vs Eng: England dominates Pakistan in Pindi Test

Stokes’ men annihilated the hosts in the first game, clinching the contest by a whopping 74 runs. They blew the Pakistan cricket team away from the get-go as they scored 657/10 in the first innings in just 101 overs.

It seemed like the flat deck would help the Pakistan cricket team too, but that’s when the Englishmen stepped up. Pakistan cricket team was never allowed to bat as freely as Stokes and co did. 

Pak vs Eng Watch: England Barmy Army lead ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ chants in Multan

Four of the England cricket team’s batsmen scored a ton: Zack Crawley got 122, Ben Duckett amassed 107, Ollie Pope got 108 and Harry Brook was the top scorer with 153.

Will Jacks, playing in his debut Test, claimed six scalps.

Pakistan’s openers Imam ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique also got a century apiece, but they were bundled out for 579. 

Stokes made a risky call to declare the second innings at only 264/7, giving Pakistan cricket team a tricky target to chase down a target of 343.

Captain’s brave decision worked in the visitor’s favor and none of the Pakistan batsmen, apart from left-handed batter Saud Shakeel, showed much resistance.

Shakeel was Pakistan’s top scorer in the second innings for 76 off 159. Stokes got Babar Azam at just 4, and the Pakistan cricket team was all out for 268.

There have been talks of bringing back former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed into the playing XI after seeing sub-par performances from Agha Salman, Mohammad Rizwan and other batters in the middle order.

The flat pitch in Rawalpindi has also garnered attention from former cricketers, who have asked the PCB to provide a fair chance to the bowlers and create decks that provide seam and swing.


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