PAK vs AUS: Why are Australian cricketers wearing black armbands in 1st Test? The Australians are visiting Pakistan for the first time since 1998.
Pakistan is currently hosting Australia in the first Test match at Rawalpindi Stadium. This historic match is significant because the Australians are visiting the subcontinent for the first time since 1998. As a result, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would prefer that this series go smoothly. Meanwhile, Australian players are seen wearing black arm bands during the game to pay tribute to the late Rod Marsh.
Marsh, one of the game’s finest wicketkeepers, died on Friday (March 4), and condolence messages poured in from all over the world. He had a heart attack during an event last week and was rush to a Queensland hospital. Unfortunately, his condition never improved, and he died at the age of 74.
Australian cricketers wear black armbands to pay tribute to the late Rod Marsh
Notably, Marsh was one of the most powerful figures in world cricket. Between 1970 and 1984, the left-handed batter represented Australia and scored over 4,500 runs on the international stage. In fact, at the time of his retirement, his 355 Test dismissals were the most by a wicketkeeper. He also worked in the administrative department of Australia.
On the eve of the game, Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins remembered Marsh, describing him as a “colossal figure.”
“Rod was a colossal figure in Australian cricket who gave close to 50 years of incredible service to Australian cricket, from his debut in the Ashes series of 1970-71, through his time as National Selector, when many of the current group of Australian men’s players came into close contact with him,” Cummins said.
Meanwhile, in the crucial game, Pakistan won the toss and, unsurprisingly, chose to bat first. Surprisingly, the Australians have chosen three fast bowlers, with Nathan Lyon the only spin option.