Cricket world should come forward to support Pak: Misbah
Karachi: Elated by the successful completion of their first home series in over six years, Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq said rest of the cricket-playing world should also come forward to support his country now.
The third and final one-dayer between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was abandoned last night at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore due to a dust storm and heavy rains. But it was yet another heavy turnout of spectators.
“I think the way the people have come and supported the Pakistan Cricket Board, the team and cricket throughout this series it is a strong enough message for the rest of the cricket world to give us more support now to have regular international matches in Pakistan,” Misbah told PTI.
“Even I have been surprised and moved by the passion shown by the cricket fans to give a clear message to the outside world that no matter what the circumstances they love the game and want to watch teams play in Pakistan,” he said.
Misbah urged the Asian teams including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India to offer more support to the PCB to have international matches at home.
“I think Pakistan cricket has shown it has indomitable spirit and I would love to see the Asian teams playing in Pakistan, It would be a dream come true for me,” the senior batsman said.
Despite increased security measures for the third one-dayer, once again cricket fans including women and children started lining up atleast three hours before the start of the match to get into the stadium.
They filled into the stadium with most of them eager to cooperate fully with the security protocol for the match.
“I have never seen such discipline from people coming to watch a cricket match it just shows that even the Pakistani people have felt the hurt of being isolated as a international venue for the last six years,” chief selector Haroon Rasheed told PTI.