ODIs against Sri Lanka are about to take place in Karachi, and Pakistani cricketers have insisted on the local fans to come and attend the match in big numbers.
As per the professionals, their attendance will matter largely. The fans have been urged by athletes to support the two teams and cricket, as well as to celebrate the renewal of bilateral 50-over cricket in Karachi.
“Leading the Pakistan cricket team in a bilateral ODI series in front of my home crowd will be one of the highlights of my career. I can’t wait for Friday, which will mark the memorable occasion, and I hope when I walk out, I have a full-house behind me, not only cheering me but both the sides’’ – said Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain of the cricket team.
“Fans are the lifeline for any sport as they are the driving force for any team or player. They give extra energy to the teams and help them produce their very best….History will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first bilateral ODI series since January 2009. I request all local cricket fans to be part of history so that they can tell the next generation that they were at the National Stadium when an international series was played.” – He continued.
‘One of the biggest days of my life’
Babar Azam, the vice-captain, thanked the fans for the love and respect. He said that Friday will be one of the biggest days of his life, as he will take the field as vice-captain. He hoped that the support of the country and national stadium crowd will make it a special occasion for him.
“As a youngster, I have seen on television packed-to-capacity National Stadium for ODIs and the two matches that immediately come to my mind are the 2004 and 2008 ODIs against India. In 2004, Pakistan lost by five runs despite Inzamam-ul-Haq’s brilliant century but four years later, Younis Khan’s belligerent 123 not out steered us to eight wickets victory,” – Babar said
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