International Cricket comes back home
After six long years, international cricket come back to Pakistan. Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium was packed with Pakistani cricket fans to watch their national team T20 fixture with Zimbabwe. International cricket has dried up in Pakistan after the attack on Sri Lankan team bus right outside Gaddafi Stadium back in March 2009.
Pakistan’s opening pair of Mukhtar Ahmed (83 off 45 balls) and Ahmed Shehzad (55 off 39 balls) replied to Zimbabwe 172 with fireworks. After the impressive opening stand of 142 runs, next batsmans Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal cheaply went back to pavilion. Shahid Afridi (aka Lala to his fans) hit the winning boundary to get Pakistan home.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provided high level security to both teams. Successful series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe will encourage more teams to visit Pakistan in future and revive the local cricket scene.
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