Imagine never playing a home game. Touring the globe playing cricket would be a thrill for most of us but what about seven years on the road?
Pakistan has not played at home since 2009 and Australia hasn’t played there since 1998.
They look exhausted. Australia has already won the series and there seems little to play for? Aussie fans are predicting an easy win.
Three reasons to shout for Pakistan
- Sun sets on two greats. Misbah and Younus. 42 and 39 years old. Probably their last tour to Australia and our last chance to see a memorable innings. Who remembers quality players like Javed Miandad and big Inzamam? Younus is just as good. He averages 52 from 114 Tests and has scored 33 tons. He is world class.
- Where’s your empathy? Pakistan is plagued by conflict and bloodshed. The survival of elite cricket there is a great story. A little success might bring joy to some of the millions of peaceful families trying to survive the chaos brought by a few.
- Flying your family from one country to another, rarely visiting home and never playing there. Earning less than one-sixth of what many Australian players earn. Look that might sound better than shoveling dirt on a hot day, but in context, that’s a tough gig. They’ve been on the road constantly since June 2016.
Get behind Pakistan.
Anyway, the Aussies need a good fight before their tour to India in March and five days cricket in Sydney is better than three, right?