PAK v ENG: Trophy unveiled as first Test kicks off as per schedule

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RAWALPINDI: The glittering trophy of the historic three-match Test series between Pakistan and England has been finally unveiled, just before the toss after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that the first Test would take place as per its original schedule. 

“The ECB (England Cricket Board) has informed the PCB that they are in a position to field an XI, and, as such, the first PAKvENG Test will commence as per schedule today (Thursday, 1 December) at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium,” tweeted PCB early in the morning.

The two captains, Ben Stokes and Babar Azam, also looked confident as they posed with the trophy.

England opted to bat first after they won the toss since captain Ben Stokes found Pindi Cricket Stadium condition favourable for bat. Liam Livingstone is set to make his Test Debut for the team while Ben Duckket marks his return to the red-ball side after six years.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have picked four uncapped players in their playing XI. Haris Rauf, Mohammad Ali, Zahid Mehmood and Saud Shakeel are making their Test debut for the national side.

Uncertainty had hit the commencement of the first Test after several of the England camp fell ill on Wednesday.

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