Brydon Coverdale and Nagraj Gollapudi on Pakistan and Australia in England 2010 July 5, 2010

The signs are good for Pakistan's home from home

It's sad that Pakistan won't be hosting any international teams at home for the foreseeable future
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Not quite the neutral game at Edgbaston Not quite the neutral game at Edgbaston © Getty Images
It's sad that Pakistan won't be hosting any international teams at home for the foreseeable future. But if Monday's Twenty20 in Birmingham is any indication, they could do worse than making England a de facto base in the next couple of years.

The Edgbaston ground wasn't quite full - substantial rebuilding works played a part in that - but of the 12,000 or so fans it's fair to say 80-90% were supporting Pakistan. Birmingham has one of the biggest Pakistani populations in the UK - indeed the previous lord mayor of the city, Abdul Rashid, was originally from Pakistan - and they can expect similar support when they hit Leeds for the second Test.

Before the game, the noise of the air-horns all around the ground was deafening; perhaps the only thing louder was the roar of approval each time Umar Akmal or Shahid Afridi jogged to the boundary to field in the deep later in the day. When David Hussey was fielding on the rope earlier, he had to shrug off a few heckles.

The crowd rose as one for every Pakistan run early in the innings, be it a boundary or a single tickled to fine leg. One portly, balding gentleman who might have been in his fifties was waving a Pakistan flag while sprinting up and down his row with the sort of energy you might expect from his son or grandson.

The yellow shirts of a small group of Australian fans sitting a few rows in front of him were conspicuous in what was otherwise a sea of green. Even Waqar Younis said after the win that he hadn't expected anything close to that amount of support.

It will never be home for the Pakistan players, but over the coming months England could prove to be the next best thing.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • sumair on July 8, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers are just jokers. they are overconfident by just winning t20 games.i know they can get carried away easily by emotions. they are mockery and worst then bangladesh.

  • kashif zia on July 7, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    great to see guys clicking on right time,and jzt abt perfect start to the long long summer.....hope dey can surprise in tests aswell....

  • Imran on July 7, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan should have more matches played in the Uk rather then Dubai. The reason being is that Pakistan have a very big support up here also it will impact the british support in general with high quality cricket being played more often. Imagine Pak-ind series in uk wat an atmosphere.

  • ikhlaq on July 7, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    wao wao & wao. boom boom you rocking keep doin good work. Hold your team toghether PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Kamran on July 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I went to watch the game and there are no words to describe the atmosphere, it was just out of this world!!! The way Umar Akmal batted after 3 quick wickets fell and infront of this massive crowd was just UNBELEIVABLE!!! The guys a genius... I cant wait to watch another game, It would be nice if more games could be played in headingley aswell... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • afroze on July 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    some of the supporters were behaving like hooligans, there is no need to throw bottles at the players or abuse them...

  • Faisal Shafiq on July 6, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    We came close to win the games many a times, but this time we grabbed some half chance catches that made the difference. good Show Pakistan. Team sprit and perseverance is the key.

  • nono on July 6, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Same team, Same player except for 2 changes but the body laguage, enthusiam and approach of the Pakistan team has changed... first fight till last ball in last few months now converting those defeats into victories yet one but hope more victories will follow soon in the future... is it the result of wonderful captaincy???

  • ali on July 6, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    hi i m ali from pk.i m also a big player,i suggest 2 afridi that change ur bowling idea in second match,last 4 overs should thown by gull & amir.bec yellow shurts will done their home work againt ajmal.thats y change we need.and also change the betting order first green shurts should go with kamran and butt then after see the situation.if vicket down early then send shahzaib otherwise let him down position and send umer or malk then after himself (boom0 & razzaq then shahzaib.ok. send me mail i m waitng aa

  • Adil 4m Riyadh on July 6, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Afridi can be the most successful and famous captain after Imran Khan.......Good Luck to Afridi & Co. Umar Akmal rocks !!!!!

  • sumair on July 8, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Pakistan cricketers are just jokers. they are overconfident by just winning t20 games.i know they can get carried away easily by emotions. they are mockery and worst then bangladesh.

  • kashif zia on July 7, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    great to see guys clicking on right time,and jzt abt perfect start to the long long summer.....hope dey can surprise in tests aswell....

  • Imran on July 7, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan should have more matches played in the Uk rather then Dubai. The reason being is that Pakistan have a very big support up here also it will impact the british support in general with high quality cricket being played more often. Imagine Pak-ind series in uk wat an atmosphere.

  • ikhlaq on July 7, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    wao wao & wao. boom boom you rocking keep doin good work. Hold your team toghether PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Kamran on July 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I went to watch the game and there are no words to describe the atmosphere, it was just out of this world!!! The way Umar Akmal batted after 3 quick wickets fell and infront of this massive crowd was just UNBELEIVABLE!!! The guys a genius... I cant wait to watch another game, It would be nice if more games could be played in headingley aswell... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • afroze on July 6, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    some of the supporters were behaving like hooligans, there is no need to throw bottles at the players or abuse them...

  • Faisal Shafiq on July 6, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    We came close to win the games many a times, but this time we grabbed some half chance catches that made the difference. good Show Pakistan. Team sprit and perseverance is the key.

  • nono on July 6, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Same team, Same player except for 2 changes but the body laguage, enthusiam and approach of the Pakistan team has changed... first fight till last ball in last few months now converting those defeats into victories yet one but hope more victories will follow soon in the future... is it the result of wonderful captaincy???

  • ali on July 6, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    hi i m ali from pk.i m also a big player,i suggest 2 afridi that change ur bowling idea in second match,last 4 overs should thown by gull & amir.bec yellow shurts will done their home work againt ajmal.thats y change we need.and also change the betting order first green shurts should go with kamran and butt then after see the situation.if vicket down early then send shahzaib otherwise let him down position and send umer or malk then after himself (boom0 & razzaq then shahzaib.ok. send me mail i m waitng aa

  • Adil 4m Riyadh on July 6, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Afridi can be the most successful and famous captain after Imran Khan.......Good Luck to Afridi & Co. Umar Akmal rocks !!!!!

  • Mohammad Asad on July 6, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA......

    Yeah !!! English venue is much more better than Middle East venue...for Pak....from their seam / pace attack point of view. On top of it, Pak batsman will become habituate to play in fast / seam / green wicket. It's good for Pak....... Media people have to come forward for promoting .......

  • Ahmad Fahad on July 6, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    yup.......its seems that, they was playing in pakistan. And the best thing is they won the match, increases cheer and fun in the enthusiastic crowd..........Pakistan should continue in that way Inshallah!...they will...

  • Muhammad Ghani on July 6, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    i think people give so much credit to umar akmal brilliant knocks but only differrence between 2 sides is magical spell of umar gul he is spearhead of pakistan bowling and what a comeback after shoulder injury and get rid of terminator like micheal hussey .Pakistan rocks

  • mathoo on July 6, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Great Performance and great team effort led by electrifying Afridi.

    Keep winning and make it 13-13

  • WishmeMaster on July 6, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Bye Bye Pakistan. See you after 13 Games for your next "victory".

  • Faz on July 6, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    It was a match worth watching... Game played with passion is wortha a treat. Pakistan support in UK is unimaginable. Guys u make us proud pakistanis....

  • Amar on July 6, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Pakistani atmosphere just good for Pakistani's never a great atmosphere for other teams supporters to enjoy. Feel sorry for Aussie supporters. Been to a few pakistan games and heard first hand abuse thrown at other teams and their supporters

  • Ahmad on July 6, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    @Rahul: LOL, Afterall, T20 cricket was only ever a good thing when India won the WC :P

  • ibtahaj on July 6, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    well played pakistan keep it up

  • Chaudhry Muhammad Waqar on July 6, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    These boys have made us proud.Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Ahsan on July 6, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Rahul ... lolz pakistan has beaten more games to india in 50-50 game

  • Muhammad Ilyas Abasi on July 6, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Most of the Pakistani consider England a 2nd home as it is the soil where numbers of Pakistani reside / work.

    I must say Birmingham & London / Lords is 2nd Lahore i,e. Qaddafi.

  • amman on July 6, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    we r proud 2 b a pakistani and inshAllah we will won todays game also

  • Naveed on July 6, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    @Rahul, kindly please keep your usual ranting towards Pakistan, your own team needs more, after all what they did in the last two T20 world cups. Winning ASIA cup is not a huge achievement.

    Great job Pakistan team, real team effort, but remember its just a start of a long long season, good luck to all of you, play good thats all we want, winning and loosing is part of the game.

  • @ Rahul on July 6, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Its ppl like u who try 2 Demolish da Pakistani image where ever and when ever possible. I think u r Forgetting that against da Same Aussie Attact indians went Flat as if da Aussies had Grenades in their hands instead of a Ball. indians can't play Quality fast bowling like Pakistanis and Aussies av regardless of the Format either its T20 , One Dayer or a Test match. Pakistan is only Team dat can Beat Aussies any where in da World. So Rahul u need 2 think about ur own self rather dan bragging about others. v av seen how much Talent ur indian team has ven dey Lost Consecutive matches against THE MINNOWS ZIMBABWE. So u need to Grow up Rahul.... Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Muhammad Bilal Bajwa on July 6, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Shahzaib selection doesnot seems to be on merit.it seems he has some links with pcb chairman or captain underground.His technique is not good.it doesnot seem that he can prove himself in the domestic as well.ok pakistan win but pakistan should learn the lesson and should replace him for second t20.i thanks for english people to provide the opportunity to play cricket in their country as a home series when the situation in pakistan doesnot seems great and hope that cricket will start soon in pakistan.

  • Rage on July 6, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    @ Rahul

    I agree with you mate

    50 over is better as in this format a team can get 50 overs to use short pitch bowling on Indian team....

  • Louise on July 6, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Just a pity that the Pakistan supporters were throwing bottles and cans at the Aussie players. That kind of hooligan activity is such a shame. It was so bad they had to move the presentations away from the crowd to the centre of the field to avoid the missiles. If that happened in Oz there would be an outcry from the subcontinent but I notice that Cricinfo doesn't bother to mention it.

  • arsalan on July 6, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    hahhaha cum on rahul ur team lost against zim :D thats was so shameful we atleast play fighting cricket against ny team

  • M. Hussain on July 6, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Yes I agree. Pakistan play cricket any country in the world. Great com back by Pakistan against Australia. Shoib Akhtar is a World Class and match winner. Yesterday his off day , give him a chance till world cup 2011.

  • Abdul Rahim on July 6, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    The match in the first few overs was in favour of the Aussies....but later on the Paki bowlers did well...Umar Akmal....i guess he will be the next saeed anwar that Pakistanis needed...Ajmal and Aamer bowled well.....Gul's length was just perfect to rip off the stumps.....Hussey, Bro Gul was not there in the semi...so u might have missed him...But one must agree that Aussies are never to be underestimated....Shoaib Akhtar should be replaced by Abdul Rehman or Wahab Riaz

  • murtaza on July 6, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    well done pakistan team,u fought like a tiger,first it was akmal brother batting,dan it was afridi bowling n fieling dan saeed ajmal,dan umar gul,dat destory aussie team,well done pakistan team,best of luck for 2days game.

  • tsudeepreddy on July 6, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    i agree...the crowd suppoted pakistan..may b dat boosted da pakistani cricketers....umar akmal is continuously proving himself as a future cricketer 4 pakistan...all da best pakistan...win da second t20 also...!

  • Zahid on July 6, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Its ok that there are lot of Pakistani supporters in England, but if there is no cricket in Pakistan, how much that effect domestic cricket / future cricket. New talent mostly get chances in home cricket, and that is one of the serious problem for Pakistan cricket, specially for test cricket.

    Nevertheless Paksitan palyed a good game and what was more important, the confidence and commitment, hopefully they will carry through this whole tour.

  • matt on July 6, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Being English I applaud anyone who beats the Aussies, but also living close to Edgbaston I am especially pleased for the Pakistani fans to see this victory in the midst of their community. I hope the Pakistan team do see England as their second home, as I know it is to many Pakistan fans who I live and work with. However, the kids are allowed to support Pakistan only as long as the brilliant ones play for England in years to come! :)

  • Naz on July 6, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Rahul, considering ur bank rolling the IPL thats pretty fresh mocking T20....

    Or is it to do with sour grapes?

    There is an old saying, "if you cant say anything nice, dont say anything at all...."

  • Kaifi Mahmood on July 6, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Everyone should get a second chance i his life as a player shoeb Akhtar should be given another chance my be the day was not of Shoeib but he is always a deadly weapon for pakistan and unplayable on his day,he can prove it in coming days.Pakistan has played better cricket in last 6 months but missed some close games,,but i can see the change in the team as a unit.Good luck and play as a team.

  • gnat9 on July 6, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    It is understandable that people of Pakistani origin want to support the Pak team. It happens everywhere with all teams. But why must they resort to disgusting tactics like heckling the opposition fielders and throwing bottles at them? Last year, when England played India at the Lords, the Indian fans booed the English team. Why do only the subcontinental fans, Indians and Pakistanis in particular, behave like this? I am an Indian and am ashamed at such behaviour by my compatriots. Get a life , people!

  • Saddam Rasool on July 6, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    A T20 and an ODI against a top team can easily Jam pack any stadium in Pakistan. In Karachi, even in a domestic competition T20 games in April, we witnessed full houses and road blocks. It is still to be seen whether English/Pakistani crouds can fill even half the stadium in the 2 test matches between Pakistan and Austrailia. That surely will be a test itself in a test. Having said that games in England are always special because of the colorfull crowds, who are more enthusiastic than Pakistanis in Pakistan because of the love of the game and Pakistan.

  • Zubair on July 6, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Asif can be a good choice then Shoaib Akhtar, otherwise perfect Team, Especially Bowling attack

  • Ahmed Qadri on July 6, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan's game. Shoib Akhtar needs to improve or to be removed.

  • liaqat hussain (birm) on July 6, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    its very simple uk is home after home for all pakistani's pak played as a team and did every1 proud,, if only gul was in the worldcup , pak would have made the final for sure,, anyway,, pakistan zindabad,,,

  • Zee Khan on July 6, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar was unlucky, most of the shots played off him for 4 should have been cut off by 3rd man and some shots where edges, if he gets back to his normal routine then our bowling attack is very destructive, Stick with shazaib but boy wouldnt I mind watching Imran Nazir open the batting in that line up..

  • Mykhan.........saudi arabia on July 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Pakistan has first victory over Australia afeter 11 defearts.This good sign but I am worried on test matches as no experienced players are in team except few.Pakistan has to show courage and patient in test match otherwise it will be difficult for them to contain the position. Good luck to BOOM BOOM Afridi and his team.

  • tariq on July 6, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    I was there yesterday. It was great fun and brilliant to see the boys win.

  • haris on July 6, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    well a good day out for Pakistan and i hope that continues ..and yes the support did help n the way they (players) fought in the field was very pleasing to see ... go Pak go...

  • Junaid Faruqi on July 6, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    In the last few games, we came very close to winning but somehow luck was not on our side. Afridi and Co are improving day by day. I sincerely hope they continue to do so. Keep up the good work boys.

  • Hani Jamil on July 6, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    We could clearly see from yesterday`s match that it was a team effort.

    Keep the momentum going people from my home :)

  • Jiwanjot Singh on July 6, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Finally they win a match...so much potential always going to waste due to team politics. Good luck mundeyo!

  • Mohammad Tufail on July 6, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    great comeback and great recovery...they are very much capable to deliver, just need to capitalize on their capabilities.

  • Raza on July 6, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    All I wud say - Pakistan won and I WAS THERE (with a Horn, Ofcourse!!!)

  • Ed on July 6, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    @Rahul Your anti-Pakistan bias doesn't reflect well on your cricketing acumen. Just because India has been losing quite badly in International T20Is (WCs especially) doesn't lessen the value of the format.

    And despite Pakistan's "frailty" in all disciplines of the game, they have won way more against India than India has against them. Try rationalizing that. lol!

  • Muhammed Murtaza on July 6, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    What a brilliant performance of both 'UMARS' and it was a great croud to encourage pakistan!

  • Muhammad Khaliq on July 6, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Great com back by Pakistan against Australia. shoib akhtar selection is still question mark.

  • Adnan Haider on July 6, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    i think that was the support who let Pakistan win against Australia after long time.

  • Rahul on July 6, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    its just 20-20 afterall, and this is why i think 50over format is nice because it is in this format that teams like pakistan cannot survive given their fragile batting, and fielding

  • Abrar Janjua on July 6, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    In these circumstances when the security situation in Pakistan is not good at all,it is wise decision to play in England.Not because of too much Pakistani supporters there but also the conditions,which are really very suitable for Pakistani quick bowlers.Instead of playing in Dubai or any where else, England is best choice for the time being for Pakistan.

  • redneck on July 6, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    yeah it really was a pakistani home match, just substitute the bottles thrown at the aussies for stones and you would think you were in karachi for the aussie tour in the 80s!

  • Humayun Mughal on July 6, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Birmingham indeed has the largest population of Pakistanis in England. This can really be a positive for PCB, the amount of support that Pakistan has had in England is pretty amazing. They did well in Champions Trophy and Won the T20 World Cup. As long as Pakistan keeps playing cricket, It doesn't matter where it is at I think future such as Umar Akmal, Mohammed Amir is in good hands.

  • Muhammad Atif Ikram on July 6, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    I am big supporter of away games for Pakistan rather than having at home amid deteriorated security. It will help the players to be more adoptable to foreign playing conditions and is a blessing in disguise. Traditionally, subcontinent teams struggled in seaming and bouncy pitches this will give them enough exposure to adjust and nurture their technique. From commercial point of view, Pakistan is 2nd largest Asian community in UK. the only things that needs to be sorted out it is the media rights, distribution of revenue and attraction of sponsors. The sponsors money will go up if attract and lure UK based companies. Further, Pakistan fans prefer TV than going to ground as in the past in case of Test cricket. For cricket back home to flourish, Pakistan needs to win and revamping of the Pakistan domestic cricket to make it more competitive will give their bench players more strong.

  • Hero on July 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Pakistan is unpredictable side in the world you will be surprised any time by them.

  • Abid on July 6, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    It had been long time since Pak team played the way champ should need to play. I hope thay realize their mistake. They should know that they are playing for Pakistan not for them self.

  • wasifshah on July 6, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    when we want we beat any one in the world.

  • immypower on July 6, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    why would the pakistan team ever want to play in pakistan? there are no crowds, there is no support or atmosphere at the grounds and the pitches are awful and nullify pakistan's strength (i.e., their bowling). At least here in england they have the chance to play on sporting result-orientated wickets with some real crowd support. Pakistan hasnt been the home of pakistan cricket for a very long time and it's about time things changed for the better!

  • Nasir Ulhaq on July 5, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    I wish our leaders also have the same National JAZBA.

  • (Dr) Haamid Javaid on July 5, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.I wrote an email to a Pakistani Test cricketer,a friend and a class mate as to how much Gul was missed in the last 20/20 agaist Australia. Contribution from every player is needed for a win.In reply he agreed 100 %.I know several Pakistanis fron USA who went to watch the game in England, and many more are planning to go. Bravo .Long Live Pakistan Cricket

  • Farrukh UK on July 5, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Totally agree with this article. The Pakistani cricket fanbase in the UK is strong enough for Pakistan to fill up several venues across the UK. A positive outlet for British Pakistinis and a unique way of being able to show pride in being British and of Pakistani origin. It is sad that Pakistan can not play at home but when the team have the opportunity to play international cricket against quality opposition they should grab every chance they get as well as improve their allround skills in English conditions

  • Irfan Durrani on July 5, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    It is indeed the next best thing! I'm glad that Pakistani board chose England over UAE as there is a huge Pakistani/British Pakistani community over here Plus cricket is still front runner (well after footy atleast). I'm starting to believe that this might give cricket in England a new life...

  • pier wasif on July 5, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    well played Pakistan at last we made it probably it is the beginning for the team to fight as a team and win it, Afridi & company you made us happy after a long time please keep YK & MOYO out of the one day squad, they are welcome for the test matches only. thank you.

  • Salman on July 5, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Long LIve Pakistan. These boys have made us proud and our heads are high and we will lead the nations, in cricket and otherwise!!!

  • Adam Shah on July 5, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Agreed. The atmosphere was electric and perfect for Pakistan to take on two top teams over the summer, the Aussies and England. While teams have every right not to visit Pakistan for the next few years, as we get our house in order, I do believe England is a perfect place for Pakistan to play its games, providing both sides..ie PCB and the ECB can continue to benefit financially.

  • Adil Khan on July 5, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    This is the spirit of Pakistanis. We love cricket & we certainly love our team. The support would get bigger & bigger with every passing game. England is a special place for us. We have won the T20 WC over there & the heroics will be repeated again. Proud to be a Pakistani.

  • Ayaz on July 5, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Its nice to hear that someone is supporting Pak team.

    I hope Pakistan's political issues improve and we organize a world cup there.

    nice article btw

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  • Ayaz on July 5, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Its nice to hear that someone is supporting Pak team.

    I hope Pakistan's political issues improve and we organize a world cup there.

    nice article btw

  • Adil Khan on July 5, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    This is the spirit of Pakistanis. We love cricket & we certainly love our team. The support would get bigger & bigger with every passing game. England is a special place for us. We have won the T20 WC over there & the heroics will be repeated again. Proud to be a Pakistani.

  • Adam Shah on July 5, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Agreed. The atmosphere was electric and perfect for Pakistan to take on two top teams over the summer, the Aussies and England. While teams have every right not to visit Pakistan for the next few years, as we get our house in order, I do believe England is a perfect place for Pakistan to play its games, providing both sides..ie PCB and the ECB can continue to benefit financially.

  • Salman on July 5, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    Long LIve Pakistan. These boys have made us proud and our heads are high and we will lead the nations, in cricket and otherwise!!!

  • pier wasif on July 5, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    well played Pakistan at last we made it probably it is the beginning for the team to fight as a team and win it, Afridi & company you made us happy after a long time please keep YK & MOYO out of the one day squad, they are welcome for the test matches only. thank you.

  • Irfan Durrani on July 5, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    It is indeed the next best thing! I'm glad that Pakistani board chose England over UAE as there is a huge Pakistani/British Pakistani community over here Plus cricket is still front runner (well after footy atleast). I'm starting to believe that this might give cricket in England a new life...

  • Farrukh UK on July 5, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Totally agree with this article. The Pakistani cricket fanbase in the UK is strong enough for Pakistan to fill up several venues across the UK. A positive outlet for British Pakistinis and a unique way of being able to show pride in being British and of Pakistani origin. It is sad that Pakistan can not play at home but when the team have the opportunity to play international cricket against quality opposition they should grab every chance they get as well as improve their allround skills in English conditions

  • (Dr) Haamid Javaid on July 5, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.I wrote an email to a Pakistani Test cricketer,a friend and a class mate as to how much Gul was missed in the last 20/20 agaist Australia. Contribution from every player is needed for a win.In reply he agreed 100 %.I know several Pakistanis fron USA who went to watch the game in England, and many more are planning to go. Bravo .Long Live Pakistan Cricket

  • Nasir Ulhaq on July 5, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    I wish our leaders also have the same National JAZBA.

  • immypower on July 6, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    why would the pakistan team ever want to play in pakistan? there are no crowds, there is no support or atmosphere at the grounds and the pitches are awful and nullify pakistan's strength (i.e., their bowling). At least here in england they have the chance to play on sporting result-orientated wickets with some real crowd support. Pakistan hasnt been the home of pakistan cricket for a very long time and it's about time things changed for the better!