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[Watch] Babar Azam, Shan Masood And Sarfaraz Plan Canberra Trip Amidst Warm-Up Game

image-lpvaw03qBabar Azam scored 40 on Day 1 (x.com)

The Pakistan cricket team, under new skipper Shan Masood, finds itself in a commanding position over Prime Minister’s XI at the end of Day 2 of their four-day warm-up fixture at the Manuka Oval. The ‘Men in Green’ extended their overnight total to 391 with skipper Masood bringing up his unbeaten double century.

The visitors also dismissed openers Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris late in the day as Prime Minister’s XI reached 149-2 by stumps, still over 240 runs away from Pakistan’s first-innings total.

As it turns out, a number of senior Pakistan players also made travel arrangements for a Canberra outing while they were getting their pre-series rehearsal in the city.

Babar Azam and Shan Masood jokingly plan a trip

Several Pakistan senior players, including current skipper Shan Masood, his predecessor Babar Azam as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed were heard making plans for a trip to Canberra on stump mic. Their hilarious conversation can be overheard where captain Masood can be seen saying:

“Ham time se ready ho jayenge (We’ll get ready on time)”

Sarfaraz responded to his newly-elected skipper by asking:

“Ap time pe aa jana, ap log 3 log hongy na (Please come on time; you’ll be three guys, right?)

Babar Azam was left in splits listening to his teammates, and he laughingly joined the conversation by asking:

“Aa Teja kera aa gya (Where did the third one come from?)”

Watch: Babar Azam laughs while planning Canberra trip

Following the conclusion of their four-day fixture, the Pakistan team will travel to Perth for the first Test of their imminent three-match series against Australia. The much-awaited contest is scheduled to commence from December 14 onwards at the Perth Stadium.

The series marks Pakistan’s first set of international fixtures since their disappointing exit from last month’s 2023 World Cup in India. The three matches also constitute a part of the ongoing 2023-25 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle.