They were two cricketing icons, and on the occasion of Australia’s first trip to Pakistan in 24 years, the two nations’ cricket bodies have agreed to honour them by naming the series after them. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday, March 2, that the Benaud-Qadir Trophy will be named after Australian Richie Benaud and Pakistani Abdul Qadir honour the three-match Test series beginning on Friday, March 4.
The Benaud-Qadir Trophy will now be a perennial trophy, awarded to the victors of each men’s Test series between Pakistan and Australia. In their bilateral Test matches for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia and India have a similar structure. The Frank Worrell Trophy is also contested by Australia and the West Indies. The new trophy was introduced at the Pindi Cricket Stadium by Pakistan captain Babar Azam and his Australian opponent Pat Cummins before the opening match. Following the end of the third match, the trophy will be presented to the victorious team in Lahore, Pakistan’s cricket capital.
Benaud (1930-2015) and Qadir (1955-2019) were two of the most talented and well-liked cricketers of their times. While Benaud was famed for his aggressive wrist-spin bowling and was also a capable batsman, Qadir elevated the Australian art form to new heights with some outstanding performances against top-tier hitters at a period when fast bowlers dominated the game.