Here’s why Geoff Lawson wants Pat Cummins to wake early and listen to Azan during Pakistan tour

Former Australian cricketer and Pakistani coach, Geoff Lawson, in an article for the Brisbane Times talked about Australia's cricket and its tour to Pakistan.

NEW DELHI, INDIA – NOVEMBER 3, 2007: Pakistani cricketer Shoiab Akhtar with coach Geoff Lawson during a practice session at Ferozshah Kotla ground, on November 3, 2007 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Australian cricket team will be in Pakistan for the first time in over 20 years. Cricket Australia has already announced its full strength squad for the historic tour.

The team will be led by Pat Cummins and he will be accompanied by the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and other superstars. The first test will be played on March 8 in the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Former Australian cricketer and Pakistani coach, Geoff Lawson, in an article for the Brisbane Times talked about Australia’s cricket and its tour to Pakistan. The former cricketer wrote that he isn’t concerned about the security of the team as the Pakistani authorities are “are well practiced in handling security arrangements.”

“Australia will most likely need Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson in all three Tests, and that will require a whole new perspective from Cummins on team selections, match tactics, cricket diplomacy and waking up about 5am as the local mosques call out the azan,” wrote Geoff Lawson.

He advised the Australian skipper to wake early and admire the call to prayer.

“Once or twice he should wake early and admire the call. Azan literally means “to listen”, “to hear”, “to be informed about” – all methods to understand and thence to improve.”

“Learning about the culture of Pakistan’s people will be an asset to understanding their motivations and how their team goes about their favourite sport. This tour will not just be about cricket matches,” he added.

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