According to reports, an act of violence took place near the England national cricket team’s team hotel in Multan and gunfire was also heard.
The second test match of the three-match series between Pakistan and England will be played from December 9-13 at Multan Cricket Stadium in Multan. The Ben Stokes & Co. have a 1-0 lead in the series, having won the first Test dominantly by 74 runs.
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Prior to the second test, a shocking incident occurred about 1km away from the England team’s team hotel when two rival gangs clashed and gunshots were fired.
Fortunately, there has been no security breach and all players are safe in Pakistan. Reportedly, England has been given the presidential level of security for the ongoing tour of Pakistan. Pakistani police also made four arrests in the aftermath of the incident.
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“Gunshots heard 1 km from the England team hotel in Multan this morning. Two rival gangs, it seems. Four arrests made and no one injured. The team’s security plans remain unaffected for the second Test against Pakistan tomorrow,” a British journalist tweeted.
Gunshots heard 1 km from the England team hotel in Multan this morning. Two rival gangs, it seems. Four arrests made and no one injured. The team’s security plans remain unaffected for tomorrow’s second test against Pakistan.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) December 8, 2022
England include Mark Wood in XI for 2nd Test
Express pacer Mark Wood of the England national cricket team has been included in the playing XI for the Second Test, replacing all-rounder Liam Livingstone.
Liam Livingstone made his Test debut in the first Test match of the series at Rawalpindi. He did not take part in the match after Day 2 as he suffered a knee injury at the boundary line and has been ruled out of the entire series.
Meanwhile, express pacer Mark Wood replacing Livingstone in the XI is the only change from the side that won the first test, meaning there is no room for Ben Foakes, who missed the first match due to illness.
England to play XI for Multan test against Pakistan:
Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope (WK), Joe Root, Ben Stokes (C), Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jack Leach
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