A minute of silence was observed at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns, in the memory of victims of Wednesday’s plane crash, before the warm-up match between Pakistan and Australia’s CXI.
The Islamabad-bound flight PK-661 took off at 3:30 pm from Chitral and went missing near Abbottabad before the pilots lost control over the aircraft and contact with control tower around 4:22 pm on Wednesday. A thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area where the aircraft came down.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first Pakistan stands at 62 runs at the loss of three wickets.
This three day and night warm-up match is the only one to be played before Pakistan’s three Test and five one-day match series against Australia.