LAHORE – After the dismal period of more than six years, International cricket is back in Pakistan spreading happiness and smiles on the deemed faces of Pakistanis.
This day is the last day of years long drought of International Cricket in Pakistan with first International match to be played in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on May 22, 2015.
Zimbabwe Team had arrived to Pakistan after many vicissitudes of ‘yes’ and ‘no’, on May 19 ensuring rigid commitment to revive international cricket in Pakistan.
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, once again sees the International faces running and celebrating in its ground, spreading smiles and pleasures amongst the crowd.
Pakistan government has taken the very wanted decision of providing security to Zimbabwean team and officials equivalent to the Head of any state.
The series hold much importance as it is assumed to give message to whole cricketing nations that Pakistan is safe for cricket, and people love cricket with their heart out.
Many people across the Pakistan felt much indebted to Team Zimbabwe for their kind act of helping Pakistan revive its Cricketing Image in the world.
Pakistan has paid much cost of Srilankan team Attack by the terrorist, with Pakistan lost many opportunities to host matches of high importance including Cricket World Cup 2011.
Former Players of Pakistan has shown much excitement of the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.
Many thanked Zimbabwe team for coming in Pakistan in such a crucial time when no team agreed to come to Pakistan courtesy security crisis.
Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, thanked Zimbabwe Team in these words:
After so many years public will go to stadiums. Thanks for coming Zimbabwe team. best of luck #PakWelcomesTeamZimbabwe
— Shoaib Akhtar (@ShoaibAkhtar42) May 19, 2015
Test captain of Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq, left nothing behind in showing excitement for the cricket coming home to Pakistan, saying:
Pakistan Cricket Board has done much efforts to revive cricket in Pakistan, but hopes of Pakistanis shattered when terrorists attacked Ismaili Bus in Karachi, killing 47 people.
But a day later, Zimbabwe team wrote a clear message to Pakistan Cricket Board that they are coming to Pakistan to play two series.
Zimbabwean team has been practicing in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore for the last two days, and in a press conference of officials and team players they show up complete confidence over security provided by Pakistan government.
While talking in the press conference, Elton Chigumbura, captain of Zimbabwe team said that “Cricket is Bigger than Anyone of Us”.
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) May 19, 2015
Pakistan Cricket Board is aiming to hold the series in the best possible way to come in a position to invite other countries to come and play cricket here in Pakistan, with Bangladesh and Srilanka next in list.