Pakistan All Star XI v International World XI, 1st T20, Karachi October 20, 2012

Pakistan XI thrash International XI at packed National Stadium

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In the end, it didn't matter that this match had no official sanction. Try telling that to the tens of thousands of people who thronged the National Stadium in Karachi. In the end, what counted was that an international XI, no matter how ragtag and rusty it was, had set foot on Pakistan soil, and had safely played a game of cricket. A game, such as this, had not been played for close to four years in a nation where following for that game frequently crosses the line between passionate and fanatical. For the record, Pakistan All Star XI demolished International World XI who were led by the 43-year old Sanath Jayasuriya.

Young batsmen Umar Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan made half-centuries at frenetic pace and were backed by handy contributions from the rest. Pakistan XI were set on their way by the pair of Shahzaib and Imran Nazir, who put on 83 by the time the field restrictions were lifted, at nearly 14 an over. The International XI fielders showed they were short on match practice by dropping numerous catches and fielding poorly on a ground where the ropes had been pulled in. Shahzaib was the first to fall for 54 off just 21 deliveries, which included six fours and four sixes.

Akmal, coming in at No. 5, soon took over and blitzed ten boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 67 off 37 as Pakistan XI zoomed to 222 for 7. Thandi Tshabalala, the South Africa offspinner, picked up 3 for 20 while Shapoor Zadran, the Afghanistan fast bowler, took 2 for 38.

Jayasuriya hit a six and a four in the first over of the chase but fell of its last delivery, caught by his counterpart Shahid Afridi. Facing such a tall target, International XI kept losing wickets regularly, and fast bowler Tabish Khan soon dealt the decisive blows. He bowled Ricardo Powell, Jermaine Lawson and Tshabalala off successive deliveries to take a hat-trick and reduce International XI to 52 for 6 in the seventh over.

Zadran stuck around to make 42 along with Loots Bosman, who batted low at No. 9 due to an injury and remained unbeaten on 27. Pakistan used everyone but wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed as bowlers. Afridi, who had lasted seven balls with the bat to club three boundaries, had Zadran stumped off the final delivery of the match as International XI managed 138 for 8.

The second and final game in the series will be played tomorrow at the same venue.

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  • on October 21, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Welcome international players. Your names will be written in history of Pakistan cricket as the bravest of men to defy fear for reviving cricket in this part of the world.

  • Extraz on October 21, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    It was amazing to see more than 30000 people in the ground and some of them were also holiding sri lanka's flag thanks to everyone for supporting us specially to Lankans love you guys.

  • AzAb12754 on October 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Your grammar is difficult to understand lol but I can see that word 'record' funny your old players cannot even boost up their 'records' against a weak team like Bangladesh anymore :)

  • pak78 on October 21, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    it would have been nice for the home crowd to have seen there speed star rawal pindi express steaming in front of them. any way nice to have seen the likes of umar akmal and asad shafiq to have played first time infront of there home crowd.

  • david44 on October 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @rajesh-india1990 look at the head to head win/loss ratio btwn pakistan and india in all 3 format of cricket you will stop laughing

  • on October 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lankans, south Africans and West indians specially and to everyone whoe supported Us .. love u all

  • on October 21, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    So, here are my two cents. India and Indians should support revival of cricket in Pakistan. It is good for both countries. India should seek a good prosperous and peaceful neighbor. Don't try to turn into a war ravaged African part of the World. So, to all Indians and Pakistanis, my request is to stop spewing hatred and venom if you like to be considered civilized and cultured counties and want to have some respect in rest of the World.

  • TheProfPak on October 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    It would have sent a very positive image across the world, had PCB backed and sanctioned this tour. Nonetheless, it was a good effort from Dr. Shah. Thank you world XI, thank you Sanath.

  • bdlover on October 21, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    To all my Pakistani Cricket Lovers: It is good to see some cricket is played in Pakistan at last but when i saw the list of International World XI (not sure how much money was paid) i was not very hopeful that any current international player will be encouraged to go to Pakistan and play. But good luck and it is at least a start and something is better than nothing.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @AzAb12754,WELL WHICH TEAM DOESN'T WANT TO BOAST UP THEIR RECORDS?PAK Z NO EXCEPTN,LOLZ.@UPRASHANT,WEL MY COMENT WAS ON LIGHTR NOTE,it has nothng to do with "FTP".thanks alot 4 ur suport though@SINHAYA,I RESPECT UR CONCERN SINCE LIFE Z more important than a sport,bt i am hopful security would go on betr atleast in metropols of pak.lets hope 4 the best

  • on October 21, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Welcome international players. Your names will be written in history of Pakistan cricket as the bravest of men to defy fear for reviving cricket in this part of the world.

  • Extraz on October 21, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    It was amazing to see more than 30000 people in the ground and some of them were also holiding sri lanka's flag thanks to everyone for supporting us specially to Lankans love you guys.

  • AzAb12754 on October 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Your grammar is difficult to understand lol but I can see that word 'record' funny your old players cannot even boost up their 'records' against a weak team like Bangladesh anymore :)

  • pak78 on October 21, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    it would have been nice for the home crowd to have seen there speed star rawal pindi express steaming in front of them. any way nice to have seen the likes of umar akmal and asad shafiq to have played first time infront of there home crowd.

  • david44 on October 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @rajesh-india1990 look at the head to head win/loss ratio btwn pakistan and india in all 3 format of cricket you will stop laughing

  • on October 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lankans, south Africans and West indians specially and to everyone whoe supported Us .. love u all

  • on October 21, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    So, here are my two cents. India and Indians should support revival of cricket in Pakistan. It is good for both countries. India should seek a good prosperous and peaceful neighbor. Don't try to turn into a war ravaged African part of the World. So, to all Indians and Pakistanis, my request is to stop spewing hatred and venom if you like to be considered civilized and cultured counties and want to have some respect in rest of the World.

  • TheProfPak on October 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    It would have sent a very positive image across the world, had PCB backed and sanctioned this tour. Nonetheless, it was a good effort from Dr. Shah. Thank you world XI, thank you Sanath.

  • bdlover on October 21, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    To all my Pakistani Cricket Lovers: It is good to see some cricket is played in Pakistan at last but when i saw the list of International World XI (not sure how much money was paid) i was not very hopeful that any current international player will be encouraged to go to Pakistan and play. But good luck and it is at least a start and something is better than nothing.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @AzAb12754,WELL WHICH TEAM DOESN'T WANT TO BOAST UP THEIR RECORDS?PAK Z NO EXCEPTN,LOLZ.@UPRASHANT,WEL MY COMENT WAS ON LIGHTR NOTE,it has nothng to do with "FTP".thanks alot 4 ur suport though@SINHAYA,I RESPECT UR CONCERN SINCE LIFE Z more important than a sport,bt i am hopful security would go on betr atleast in metropols of pak.lets hope 4 the best

  • Yevghenny on October 21, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    International cricket needs to be played in Pakistan

  • on October 21, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lankans, south Africans and West indians specially and to everyone whoe supported Us .. love u all

  • urprashant on October 21, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover Common Buddy, Lankans are desperate to play in Pakistan and You are willing to give that honor to BD! This is not fair!!

  • AzAb12754 on October 21, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Who told you Bangladesh will be touring Pakistan? the funniest thing is that you are trying to ask a team like Bangladesh lol to tour your country. Just shows how Pakistan are desperately in need of Cricket good luck :P

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Next in line should b Bd vs pak,so anothr whitewash z around the corner 4 bangla team.lolz

  • Sinhaya on October 21, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @Tuan Asif Rassool, urprashant and WickyRoy.paklover, if you all check the ICC FTP, Sri Lanka are due to tour Pakistan in December 2013. No time to organize any tour before that. As a Lankan fan, my main condition to tour Pakistan would be that all games be played ONLY in Karachi and no where else in Pakistan. That will make it 100% safe. I am glad that the people of Pakistan managed to enjoy much needed cricket at last.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Next in line should b Bd vs pak,so anothr whitewash z around the corner 4 bangla team.lolz

  • on October 21, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    They might have lost the match but they certainly won the hearts of all Pakistani's around the world and a special thanks to SANATH JAYASURIA

  • urprashant on October 21, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Lankans were the last team to visit Pakistan and I think now they should be the first team to visit Pakistan again. The rest of the world should wait and watch the proceedings of that series and decide accordingly.Lankan fans also seems to be over enthusiastic to send their team! So what is the problem? Pakistan is willing to host and Sri Lanka is willing to visit( or experiment!). Let the game begin!!!

  • on October 21, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I was at The National Stadium Karachi last night. The atmosphere was incredible. The whole stadium was full and when Shahid Afridi hit his firts six it was like Pakistan won the World cup. All the people really went crazy and supported both teams.

  • Solid_Snake on October 21, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    we are always threatened by others.But still we are touring India very soon.We are not scared by anything.All we want is some good cricket.just saying that there are security issues,one cannot run away like that

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Asim zafar,wel i m 4rm capital of pak bt i dn't think ths sort of criticism 4rm Urs z un.necessary N pointless.MR.SHAH N HIS TEAM DESERVES ALL THE CREDIT IN THE WRLD,I KNOW ITS STIL A LONG WAY TO GO BT IT Z A STEPNG STONE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTN,SO ONE MUST KEEP UP THE Good wrk.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Well kudos to karachi crowd I know they were there to give a "STRONG MESSAGE" TO OUR HATRS N SO CALLD CRITICS WHO DOESN'T WANT Intrnational crict to b playd in pak at any cost,CRICT WRLD MUST REALIZ OUR CRICKT Z HERE TO STAY NO MATTR WHAT HAPENS.@Rajesh india 1990,i dn't think there z too much of difrnce in security relatd situations on both sides of bordr when it comes to big cities@Solid snake,I M ABSOLUTLY IN D SAME SITUATN.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Well kudos to karachi crowd I know they were there to give a "STRONG MESSAGE" TO OUR HATRS N SO CALLD CRITICS WHO DOESN'T WANT Intrnational crict to b playd in pak at any cost,CRICT WRLD MUST REALIZ OUR CRICKT Z HERE TO STAY NO MATTR WHAT HAPENS.@Rajesh india 1990,i dn't think there z too much of difrnce in security relatd situations on both sides of bordr when it comes to big cities@Solid snake,I M ABSOLUTLY IN D SAME SITUATN.

  • IMcricfan on October 21, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Irrespective of whoever wins...The heroes of this series are the International XI.Hats off to Sanath Jayasuriya and his team.Period

  • on October 21, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    well don our great players Shapoor and Shahzad

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on October 21, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    (From India) - Glad to see Cricket back to Pakistan !

  • Asim_Zafar on October 21, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Not a bad effort for cricket lovers in Karachi; but it seems as if it was done not for the sake of Pakistan cricket but for the appreciation and praise the organisers would get out of it. Honestly, if it were for Pakistan cricket, there would be more current international cricketers. I still remember how the Chief Organiser, who had no right or reason to deserve to carry the Pakistani flag, refused to hand it over to the deserving weight-lifter, Shujauddin Malik (who was already chosen to hold the flag) at the opening ceremony of the last Commonwealth Games, which shows to what extent he likes to be in the limelight. And, well, while commentating during the match, he once made a remark, "I started T20 Cricket." I do believe he could have been the one as it all started in Karachi but why would he say that himself in that manner. All this shows that he wanted to highlight his name. However, on the whole, and looking at the effort in isolation, it was not bad at all!

  • on October 21, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka should seriously consider sending its national team soon to Pakistan.Pakistan had contributed much to cricket and we cannot simply ignore them.all countries had troubles,doesnt mean cricket should not move on.Security is great and hope Sril lanka visit this great country...wishes from a Sri Lankan fan

  • Solid_Snake on October 21, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990->People say that my prime target has always been India..The fact is that when i read such comments,i cant stop myself responding.

  • on October 21, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    we all,cricket lovers, want cricket will be played without fear/attack all over the world, be it pakistan,afganistan, shrilanka...

  • mani199 on October 21, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @ Match fixer, i think you are not aware the purpose of this match. this was not about winning losing. this is about backing cricket in Pakistan. Regarding Winning against this team. i just want to tell you that we always got semi's in every world t20. not like you dear who is getting trashed in super eights. Go and check that Ur Mumbai indians and Chennai has been out of the champions league. It is a shame for you and BCCI that putting 4 teams from India and none of them looked great. lol.

  • on October 21, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    waooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • on October 21, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    great sport cricket great team pakistan great crowed karachi we love cricket & cricketrs

  • on October 21, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, living and working abroad, i am very happy and thankful to the opposite team for visiting Pakistan and playing a game. Thanks to "Sanath Jayasuriya" for accepting and visiting the country once again. i hope and pray that the international cricket will return to Pakistan soon. And thanks to the management, and the security..

  • on October 21, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    After all the critics by our rivals and their fellows HATS OFF FOR THE INTERNATIONAL XI. YOU GAVE US A MATCH WE WERE WAITING FOR MORE THAN 1000. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW OLD ARE YOU BUT THE THINNG THAT MATTERS IS YOU SHOW OTHER THAT THEY ARE FEARING OF NOTHING BUT A FOREIGN PROPAGANDA. CROWED IN THE GROUND SHOWED HOW MUCH WE LOVE THIS GAME. EVEN SHORTAGE OF TRANSPORT DIDN'T RESTRICT US TO WATCH IT. LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH THANKS AGAIN.

  • bored_iam on October 21, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Still not fully sure if cricket will return to Pak in the near future but one thing that it could do is encourage individual players to start making appearances in exhibition games such as this. Possibly, encourage a Pak 20/20 league.

  • Yousufahmedl on October 21, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, purpose of this game was to get international cricket back to Pakistan asap. We were not desperate to win. Our batsmen are great regardless of what you think.

  • on October 21, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Pakistan is safe place but icc who is plaing in the hand's of india following india nd dnt want any team in Pakistan they afraid that pak ll get boost from these matches...

  • selva_india on October 21, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 : every one knows the truth why international teams not playing in Pak. But still every one should appreciate Pak effort to bring them back. For me, they have successfully completed the first step. Congrats Pak for both wining and your effort

  • sweetspot on October 21, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    There has been no danger in playing cricket in Pakistan in any case. So far no incident has taken place at any of the stadiums. But there is every reason to fear the journey to and from the ground. The day SL are officially ready to travel to Pakistan again, I will keep some hope for international cricket in Pakistan. It is hard to convince the international community about safety when the nation is in the news every other day for some sort of untoward incident that kills people.

  • Eclipse0990 on October 21, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    I didn't watch the match. Can someone who went to the stadium to watch it please put in words the atmosphere that prevailed there? It would be exciting to know how cricket was welcomed back in Pakistan. Put as much details as possible. Please. And i hope atleast India Pakistan bilateral ties in Pakistan resume soon :)

  • Baber_Baloch on October 21, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    good pack crowd in Nation stadium Karachi Pakistan...to matter who win good thing is there some Cricket in Pak,,also some cheer for fans of Pakistan.thanks Int. world XII.

  • sal80 on October 21, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    This match is for those team who dnt want to visit pakistan and dnt want pak public to enjoy the same fun of cricket , pak is safe place to play and other countires must think about giving one more chance to pak.

  • zaeem518 on October 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @pakistan_victorious is right.

  • on October 21, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Hats off to the organisers. The result of the match was not important..but the game was

  • Yousufahmedl on October 21, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990, this team was NOT a grand father XI. To call them grand fathers are you 100% sure that Sanath Jayasuriya, Hayward, Bosman etc have grand children? Check their family data before posting nonsense here.

  • on October 21, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Wow spectacular. I just saw the result and I guess Pakistan broke out a lot of emotion in those shots and wickets!:)

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 21, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @robin kaul not only bcci every board is making their respective teams safe by not touring pakistan....and it is a correct decision also...

  • on October 21, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Great sight at national stadium, full credit to the hard work by management, staff, administration of Karachi and 35000 crowd who looked calm and happy. A few more matches at rawalpindi, Lahore and there you go! Pakistan is a decent place for cricket...stay tuned.

  • on October 21, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    @Rajesh....please go watch Champions League....three of the four IPL teams are out and fourth on its way...so much for your arrogance:)

  • on October 21, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Dead Rubbers @ Clt20 Are Showing In Many Networks... Pity They Aren't Showing The Match Could Have Put Pakistan Cricket in to the Brighter Way!! Really Shame on TV Networks!! great crowd!!

  • swat1999 on October 21, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Great and safe game such a fwe wonderfull, brave and great cricketers. Special thanks to Internation 11 for such efford. I strongly believe Pakistan is a great country for play cricket

  • amk232 on October 21, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I am so happy that everything went smoothly and everyone is safe and sound

  • jtggrehhtrhtrht on October 21, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    what a game world 11 were not as good if sachin was retired and played for this team i wonder be in trouble to get more than 20 runs as now pak have Tabish

  • on October 21, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Also can anyone please explain what could be the politics behind denial of international cricket in pak... i mean.. what could be the other reason except saftey.. say for example (as many pak fans believe) BCCI doesnot want international cricket in pak, i m confused as for what reason... why would BCCI not want international cricket in pak.. how they are benefiting from that... I think BCCI would be the happiest at bilateral cricket ties between indian and pakistan considering the amount of revenue it would generate...

  • Mahesh4811 on October 21, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @Rajesh_India: The intension of these 2 matches isn't competition. @Owais Choudhary: Lara declined because PCB disassociated itself from these matches. Ask que. to your own board than to raise finger on player like Lara. For reference, see

    "http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/story/587339.html"

    title is: "PCB's lack of support sends wrong message - Ehsan Mani"

  • on October 21, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    dont understand why so many comments against Rajesh_india_1990... he just praised the pak batting line up and a little sarcasm on Int11... nothing against pak... all indians(cricket fans) want international cricket in pak... more than that we want a safe pak.. I would like ma team to visit pak soon for a full bilateral series... still remember that wonderful 2004 series where ind pak played after almost 5 years... cricket came out to be real champion then.... similar case is this current unofficial series.. doesnt matter big win or a near loss...

  • golgoal on October 20, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Bwahahha what a victory against grandpapa XI. Umar Akmal, Nazir, Jamshed etc. are going to score runs against who else ??? Maybe now Pak players should get Nishan-e-Imtiaz nd take retirement !!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 20, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    ICC needs to think above politics and support in bringing cricket back to pakistan. It was great seeing this happening again. Thanks again to all the international players for visiting pakistan.

  • on October 20, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    dear rajesh.. as for as pakistani team and batting lineup is concerned: did u forget how we beaten u in warm up? 5 balls before, ...means we cud have done it if u had 195 on the board.. u forgot how we did with aus, those who punished u and punished well.. Pakistan is one of the best teams, and it will be, whatever u people say.. and as for as this match is concerned, our captain had announced that win or lose dose not matter.. the bottom line is, int. cricket is back to Pakistan and Pakistan deserved that..

  • RVC-38 on October 20, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Yes it is good to see cricket played in Pakistan again, @Rajesh_india_1990.... yes mate, it was like watching India play in Australia last year, but at least the international grandfathers look like cricketers.

  • on October 20, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Afghanistan can play in Pakistan and they will give good cricket to the crowds PCB should invite Afg team for a series..

  • yorkslanka on October 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @rajesh- the result of this match was never in question, that was not the aim, it was to bring cricket back to Pakistan and hopefully pave the way for national teams to return playing in Pakistan...

  • on October 20, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990: correction - this game was not an official Pakistan game, what are you on about ?

    As far as grandfathers are concerned, win or loss were not the objective or target, it was bringing the cricket back to Pakistan - mission well accomplished!

  • abubakerjatoi on October 20, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    It may not have any significance in the eye of ICC or any other governing body but it has more than anything for the Pakistani Nation. We want international cricket back in Pakistan and these two matches provide a window for this target. I think PCB should come forward and try some countries to come and play in Pakistan and in my opinion it is not necessary that Only member countries be invited instead PCB can contact associated countries like Afghanistan to visit here. As Afghans are also affected as we are and they will be willing more than any other team.

  • on October 20, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Pakistan Welcomes you.... International Cricket :)

  • on October 20, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Finally, cricket is back to Pakistan. I salute the players who came forward and showed the world that it is now OKAY to play cricket here. Lara, you were my hero before, now, I dont think so..... no one is bigger than the game and its cause.

  • tanveer131 on October 20, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    starving crowd for cricket

  • davidatlas999 on October 20, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Good luck to our cricket.we need to attend the other one too like this.and hope for the best that the rest of the world see our thousands are yet alive after played 2 of good matches.we are not dead yet if you are alive and you can see us.my point is this after cricket played here how can we are alive if there are something wrong with the securety.put your team for goodnes of cricket in pakistan cricket will die one if you do like this to us.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 20, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Wow!!what a powerful batting line up pakistan has!!!!hahahaha..pakistan beat grandfather 11 by big margin...

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  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 20, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Wow!!what a powerful batting line up pakistan has!!!!hahahaha..pakistan beat grandfather 11 by big margin...

  • davidatlas999 on October 20, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Good luck to our cricket.we need to attend the other one too like this.and hope for the best that the rest of the world see our thousands are yet alive after played 2 of good matches.we are not dead yet if you are alive and you can see us.my point is this after cricket played here how can we are alive if there are something wrong with the securety.put your team for goodnes of cricket in pakistan cricket will die one if you do like this to us.

  • tanveer131 on October 20, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    starving crowd for cricket

  • on October 20, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Finally, cricket is back to Pakistan. I salute the players who came forward and showed the world that it is now OKAY to play cricket here. Lara, you were my hero before, now, I dont think so..... no one is bigger than the game and its cause.

  • on October 20, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Pakistan Welcomes you.... International Cricket :)

  • abubakerjatoi on October 20, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    It may not have any significance in the eye of ICC or any other governing body but it has more than anything for the Pakistani Nation. We want international cricket back in Pakistan and these two matches provide a window for this target. I think PCB should come forward and try some countries to come and play in Pakistan and in my opinion it is not necessary that Only member countries be invited instead PCB can contact associated countries like Afghanistan to visit here. As Afghans are also affected as we are and they will be willing more than any other team.

  • on October 20, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990: correction - this game was not an official Pakistan game, what are you on about ?

    As far as grandfathers are concerned, win or loss were not the objective or target, it was bringing the cricket back to Pakistan - mission well accomplished!

  • yorkslanka on October 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    @rajesh- the result of this match was never in question, that was not the aim, it was to bring cricket back to Pakistan and hopefully pave the way for national teams to return playing in Pakistan...

  • on October 20, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    Afghanistan can play in Pakistan and they will give good cricket to the crowds PCB should invite Afg team for a series..

  • RVC-38 on October 20, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Yes it is good to see cricket played in Pakistan again, @Rajesh_india_1990.... yes mate, it was like watching India play in Australia last year, but at least the international grandfathers look like cricketers.