2017 Has Proven to be a Lucky Year for Pakistan Cricket
2017 has been a great year for Pakistani cricketers and Pakistani cricket lovers. In short, it has been one of the luckiest years for the overall Pakistan cricket. The Pakistan cricket team won Champions Trophy from their forever enemy “India.” Not only this, cricket is also back to Pakistan. Yes, thanks to Sri Lankan cricket team who agreed to come to Pakistan and play a T20 series. Another thank goes to Indian cricket team who pushed Pakistan cricket team to be the number one in T20 ranking. Besides, Sarfaraz’s captaincy has been amazing which united all team players. There is so much more, let’s have a look at details.
Sri Lanka Team Will Come Again Soon
Sri Lanka cricket board is planning to send more teams to Pakistan after playing a Twenty20 match in Lahore for the first time since a gun attack eight years ago, a top official said Tuesday.
Ashley de Silva, the chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket said “we were impressed with the extraordinary level of security for the match at the Gaddafi stadium on Sunday.”
The stadium was filled with Pakistani fans’ slogans,
‘Welcome back Sri Lanka.” And of course, “Cricket comes home.”
Furthermore, de Silva told reporters in Colombo after returning home from Pakistan. “They delivered the security they promised and we were very satisfied with all the arrangements,”
Also, he announced that junior teams will be sent to Pakistan soon which will be followed by the senior cricket team as soon as possible.
He said, “Our FTP (Future Tours Program) does not include Pakistan, but we will have one as soon as possible,” he said. “We are sending our A team and an Under-19 team to play against Pakistan shortly.”
Sunday’s T20 was Sri Lanka’s first in Pakistan since their team bus was attacked near the same venue in March 2009.
Pakistanis are very thankful to Sri Lanka for trusting.
That attack, which left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and their staff injured, forced Pakistan to play all their home matches at neutral venues, mainly in the UAE.
Sri Lanka’s T20 skipper Thisara Perera said several team members had raised concerns about safety, but he was able to assure them based on his experience in playing in a three-match World XI series in Lahore last month.
“In my nine years of cricket I have never seen that level of security,” Perera said of Sunday’s match which Sri Lanka lost by 36 runs. “I think we can play again in Pakistan.”
Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and board President Thilanga Sumathipala also traveled to Lahore for the final of the three-match T20 series to underline Colombo’s confidence in the security arrangements.
The first two matches, which Pakistan won by seven and two wickets respectively, were played in Abu Dhabi before Sri Lanka flew to Lahore in a 24-hour fly-in, fly-out arrangement.
And Pakistan won the series!