Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan team to wear black armbands in match against India to express solidarity with flood victims in country
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday that the team will wear black armbands against India in the first match of the Asia Cup 2022 to show their support and solidarity for those affected by the country’s recent floods.
“Pakistan cricket team will wear black armbands in their first match of ACC T20 Asia Cup 2022 against India today to express their solidarity and support for the flood affectees across the country,” said a statement from PCB.
Notably, since June, many more people have been injured or forced to flee their homes in Pakistan, where the dead toll from floods has surpassed 1,000.
Since June 14, the rains and floods have caused at least 1,033 fatalities and 1,527 injuries, according to Geo News, citing the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
In the previous day, 71 individuals were hurt while around 119 people perished.
According to the report, 76 people died in Sindh, 31 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, six in Gilgit Baltistan, and four in Balochistan.
In total, 3,451.5 kilometres of road have been damaged, 149 bridges have collapsed, and 170 stores have been destroyed in Pakistan as of June 14.
949,858 dwellings in all have demolished completely or partially. Out of the total, 287,412 dwellings have been completely destroyed, while 662,446 homes have suffered partial damage. Additionally, 719,558 animals have died.
According to Geo News, the floods have affected at least 110 districts in Pakistan. With 72 of those districts reporting a calamity situation.
The largest natural disaster to hit Pakistan in almost ten years is currently taking place. Millions of people affected by the floods, and as a result, the Pakistani government proclaimed a “national emergency.”
According to the NDMA, Pakistan has had 388.7mm of rain this year, compared to a 30-year normal of 134mm. More than average by 190.07 percent.
The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warned on August 26. That very high to exceptionally high-level flooding anticipated in the Kabul River at Nowshera in the KP province. As well as in tributaries of the Kabul and Indus rivers till August 28.
Coming to the match, Pakistan and India will play each other in a tense matchup to begin their respective Asia Cup campaigns today.
In T20I games, the two teams have faced off nine times thus far. India takes the advantage overall, winning seven of these matchups. Pakistan had only two victories.
However, the last time these two faced off was in October 2021. During the ICC T20 World Cup, when Team India suffered a rare defeat to their arch-rivals. Shaheen Afridi, a left-arm pacer, smashed the Indian top order with two fast blows. India reached 151/7 in their 20 overs because to contributions from then-skipper Virat Kohli (57) and Rishabh Pant (39). But the Men in Blue shocked by a ten-wicket loss. Thanks to performances from Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan (79*) and Babar Azam (68*).
India will be eager to put up a strong fight this time and exact their retaliation. They recently defeated England and the West Indies in ODI and T20I series. That played in their respective countries, demonstrating their excellent recent form. They are also the best side in Twenty20 matches. On these tours, Men in Blue put on fantastic shows.
In terms of the ICC T20I rankings, Pakistan is the third-ranked team and should not underestimated.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain.