International cricket returns to Karachi after 10 years as Pakistan host Sri Lanka
Cricket Returns to this beautiful city, Karachi will host an ODI for the first time in 10 years when Pakistan faces an exhausted Sri Lanka on Friday, promoting the country’s rebirth in international cricket.
-Sarfaraz Ahmed Thanked Sri Lankan Team-
“History will be made Friday when Karachi will host the first ODI,” said the captain of Pakistan Sarfaraz Ahmed. “We must thank the Sri Lankan team for visiting us.”
Teams have been reluctant to visit the cricket-crazy country since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009. Although no player killed in the attack, several were injured, and eight people were killed.
The attack forced Pakistan to play all of its “home” Tests and most of its short games in the United Arab Emirates, with Zimbabwe becoming the first team to return to Pakistan in 2015.
The current tour, comprising three ODI and the same amount of Twenty20, tainted by the withdrawal of 10 Sri Lankan players who mentioned security concerns.
Pakistan has implemented strict security measures usually reserved for heads of state. All arrangements are being led by the country’s military, with about 2,000 security personnel on alert at the team hotel and on the ground.
The captain of Sri Lanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, who captained the team after the captain regular Dimuth Karunaratne to withdraw, confident that the cricket will be in focus.
-Lahiru Thirimanne on Security-
“Security has been first class,” Lahiru Thirimanne said Thursday. “We didn’t have any problems. The facilities here are excellent. We’re not allowed to leave the hotel, so we get together and play some FIFA and carrom games. ”
Thirimanne, the most experienced player on the team with 125 ODI, accepted that the series would complicate without so many key men.
“It’s a good challenge because 10 of our senior players aren’t here. First of all, we must respect your decision because it is not just personal. You have to talk to your families when you take this kind of position, ” Thirimanne said.
“Concerning the challenge we are approaching here, I must say that Pakistan has named its best side like this. It is, therefore, a good opportunity for our young people to show their talent, ” added the Sri Lankan captain.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and fast bowler Wahab Riaz are the only Pakistani players who had played in Karachi before and did so in 2008.
“I can’t wait until Friday,” said Sarfaraz, who assumed the post of ODI captain in 2017. The remaining ODI will also to play here on Sunday and Wednesday. The two teams will also play three T20 games, all in Lahore, on October 5, 7 and 9.