Cricket Australia admitted to its mistake during the PAK vs PMXI match and apologised for the same.
The Pakistani team is in Australia for a long tour and kickstarted their preparations with a practice match against the Australian Prime Minister’s XI at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. While the visiting team scored a decent 324-6 at the end of the day’s play, it was skipper Shan Masood’s unbeaten 156 that stole the limelight.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only talking point of the day’s play. The match that was broadcast live, had a glaring blunder on the score ticker. The Pakistani team was represented as PAK, and an additional I, which is used as a racial slur. This error on part of Cricket Australia was soon pointed out by journalist Danny Saeed on X.
He wrote, “The graphic was an automatic feed from a data provider which had not been used previously for a Pakistan game. This was obviously regrettable, and the error we corrected manually as soon as it came to light.”
As per a report in Wisden, Cricket Australia admitted to the error and also clarified that the abbreviation was an automatic feed from a data provider, not used for a Pakistan game earlier. “The graphic was an automatic feed from a data provider that had not been used previously for a Pakistan game. This was regrettable, and the error we corrected manually as soon as it came to light.”
PAK vs PMXI Day 1
As far as the match is concerned, apart from Masood (156), opener Abdullah Shafique scored 38 from 76 balls. Former Pakistan skipper Babar Azam didn’t have a long stay at the wicket and was dismissed for 40. Sarfaraz Ahmed chipped in with a quickfire innings but was dismissed for 41. For Australia’s PMXI, Jordan Buckingham was the pick of the bowlers and returned with figures of 3/63.