Benaud-Qadir trophy introduced for Pakistan-Australia Test series
Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia jointly introduced the Benaud-Qadir Trophy.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam and guest Test squad leader Pat Cummins unveiled the Benaud-Qadir Trophy at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
The trophy, named after two legendary leg spinners Richie Benaud and Abdul Qadir from Pakistan and Australia respectively, is intended to celebrate Australia’s tour of Pakistan after 24 years.
At the end of each Test series from now played between the two teams in the future, the winning side will be given a trophy of the same title.
The first Test of the three-match series will be played in Rawalpindi from March 4 to 8.
Australia made its first full tour of Pakistan in 1959 under Richie Benaud skippership, with the guest side winning the series 2-0.
Abdul Qadir had taken 45 wickets in 11 Test matches against Australia, during this time he had taken 33 wickets in two series of 3-Test matches played in 1982 and 1988.
Richie Benaud took 248 wickets in 63 Test matches during his career from 1952 to 1964. Abdul Qadir took 236 wickets in 67 Test matches in his Test career from 1977 to 1990.
PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said the Benaud-Qadir Trophy has been introduced in Pakistan on the occasion of the resumption of the Test series between Pakistan and Australia.
Faisal Hasnain said that historically Pakistan and Australia have had tough matches but with the introduction of Benaud-Qadir Trophy the competition between the two teams in the Test series will now increase.
He added that the launch of the Benaud-Qadir Trophy reflects the strong ties between the Pakistan Cricket Board and Cricket Australia.