The annual Prime Minister’s XI tour match has finished in a Draw, after overnight storms in Canberra saw wind and then rain get under the Manuka Oval covers after 8pm Friday night.
Ground staff worked hard to dry the wicket in an attempt to get some play underway for the small crowd that did come in, but with no real improvement in the situation by 11.30am, the day’s play was abandoned.
Umpire Donovan Koch, told Fox Sports that the dampness of the wicket square and surrounds meant that player safety for both the Pakistan squad, and the PM’s XI players about to switch into BBL mode had to be considered.
“We’re going to take a cautious approach, we’ve got a Test team that we don’t want to cause any injuries to, and we’ve got a few BBL players in the (PM’s XI) team as well,” he said.
The Draw means that the Prime Minister’s XI retains the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trophy for the second straight year under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
FINAL RESULT: Match Drawn – Prime Minister’s XI 4/367 trailed Pakistan 9 dec/391 by 24 runs with no play was possible on Day 4