Disturbance at the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) initiated by Imran Khan, the new Prime Minister of the country and former cricket legend, will not affect plans for a 2-Test series in October opposite Australia.
Khan, whose party came into administration last month in a national election, hired Ehsan Mani (the former ICC president) as the new chairman of PCB after Najam Sethi, who has a history of conflicts with Khan, gave resignation from the job.
Cricket Australia is well ahead in preparing for the matches, which will be conducted in the UAE. The Australian team is doing its groundwork in spite of no official verification of venues or dates for the games. This will be Australia’s first Tests since the South Africa’s ball-tampering scam.
Speaking of Cricket Australia, the former Australia batsman, Simon Katich, feels that Usman Khawaja must open the batting for the team. Katich thinks this after taking into consideration the experience and seniority that Khawaja has. With Australia set to visit UAE for a Test series opposite Pakistan, and Matt Renshaw expected to lock one position for the opening, Khawaja can occupy the remaining position considering that he has played at the third place for his team.
“I believe that they require some experienced player in the top order and considering Khawaja has played at 3rd, it may actually go well with him to play earlier,” Katich claimed to the media in an interview. “He is an opener since he first began playing club cricket,” he further added.
Even though Khawaja has an unfortunate record batting in Asia (an average of 14.62 with a highest of 26 in 9 innings) he has played at the opening couple of times for the team and performed well. He scored a whopping 145 opposite South Africa in November 2016 at the Adelaide Oval.