A great news for all Pakistanis people.
The international cricket wasn’t seen since 6 years due to attacked on Sri-Lanka team in near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistani cricket team. Six members of the Sri-Lanka national cricket team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed. And then New Zealand abandoned their Test series in Pakistan after a suicide bomb attack outside their hotel. However, they returned in the 2003/2004 season to fulfill their commitments. Australia had recently refused to tour on safety grounds. Inshort Pakistan had faced many difficulties and criticism in these 6 years.
Zimbabwe decided to visit Pakistan after 6 years but the tour was in jeopardy last week after militants killed dozens of minority Shiites in a bus in the southern port city of Karachi, again this cause the barrier. Zimbabwe Cricket first issued a statement that it was suspending the tour but retracted that within half an hour. The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan talked to his counterpart Wilson Manase three times and convinced him to go through with the tour.
But now dream of restoration of international cricket is going to fulfill because finally after the long hurdle, Zimbabwe team has been reached at Lahore for Pakistan tour. Where they warmed welcomed by people, they have been welcomed with open hearts, smiles and love from people of PAKISTAN. Zimbabwe has become the first test country to tour Pakistan since that fatal attack on Sri-Lankans.
Thousands of security personnel were deployed as the team were taken from Lahore airport to a city hotel. Team Zimbabwe and Pakistan will play two T20 matches and three one-day internationals starting on Friday. Pakistan Cricket Board officials received the Zimbabwe players at Lahore airport with garlands.
“This is a happy occasion. I am grateful to the Zimbabwean government which made this tour possible,” PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told Pakistan TV.
Fast bowler Mohammad Sami has been recalled, as has former captain Shoaib Malik, but there is no place for spin bowler Saeed Ajmal. people will surely miss Saeed Ajmal because he is a very good bowler. The 15-man squad also sees batsman Umar Akmal return after failing to impress in the Cricket World Cup and being left out of the recent tour of Bangladesh.
People went crazy with the tour of Zimbabwe. Pakistani fans have been deprived of cricket and Friday’s first T20 is sold out. They all are excited for the match after all its going to happen after 6 years and the fun of watching cricket in our own home ground is beyond words. Tickets went on sale in Pakistan Saturday for next week’s cricket series against Zimbabwe, they are crazily buying tickets.
And as far as security is concerned, it was done skillfully and strictly on the occasion of Zimbabwe teams arrival. And it was necessary to provide heavy security especially after the sectarian bus massacre in Karachi last week which already highlighted the security risks.
Good to see international cricket in Pakistan, Alhamdulillah cricket is back home and we are very excited and happy for re-start of international cricket in Pakistan. But Iam very disappointed from some people of Pakistan who are criticizing their country, how someone can do that with their very own country ? Sad to say but I’ve seen some negative comments on facebook related to Zimbabwe tour, instead of supporting Pakistan some people are underestimating Pakistan and giving negative comments. Some comments were like ” Zimbabwe team pls insurance karwalo apni’ how could they say that ? For me, these are poor people who doesn’t have any other work to do. We should encourage Zimbabwe team and make them feel like they have taken the right decision rather than to make them feel wrong. I just pray for the peace inshallah this time nothing would go against Pakistan. This is the chance for Pakistan for proving everyone as wrong and for that they have to provide strick security to Zimbabwe and would takecare of this team with full efforts, because there are some people who want to ruin the name of Pakistan so the police, army, and rangers should be highly alert from such kind of people.
Hope for peace in the region. That will lead to more opportunities for the people.. In education, employment, tourism and in investment. All the best to the Pakistan Cricket Team.