- International cricket hits Pakistani land with a victory of hosts
International cricket hits Pakistani land with a victory of hosts
The terrorist attack in 2009 closed the doors of international cricket for Pakistan which have been reopened with the visit of Sri Lankan cricket team this Sunday.
After a long suffering of Pakistani cricket fans, finally, the life has given them another chance to witness a warm clash between Sri Lanka and their national side. The Sri Lankan team was the victim of the militant attack in March 2009 but the return of Sri Lanka has given hope to Pakistani fans after the years of distress.
Pakistan won the last T20I by 36 runs in front of their home crowd this Sunday. The veteran Shoaib Malik's 51 off 24 and bowling spell of Muhammad Amir taking 4 crucial wickets made it certain that the people of Pakistan who had thurst of years for cricket remember this match for years. The man of the match Shoaib Malik after receiving his award said, “I’d like to thank the Sri Lankan team. This is something we have missed for many years”.
The militant attack resulted in the refusal of international cricketers and boards to play in Pakistan which forced the PCB to shift its home ground from Pakistan to UAE and host its matches on an international soil pretending it to be their own.
Before this match, World XI has visited Pakistan in September making it a huge breakthrough after a long 8 years' wait and patience. Not only this, West Indies team would be visiting Pakistan in November for a three matches series which could be the massive opportunity for Pakistan to tell the world about excellent security situations of Pakistan.
Pakistan won the match but the victory belongs to cricket and defeat goes into the lap of terrorists as Pakistan proved that it is a safe country for the international visitors.