Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Sarfaraz Ahmed appealed to the Pakistani audience before the start of the series #PAKvSL: Sri Lankan team has reached Pakistan tour for the three-match ODI and T20 series, dismissing all speculation. The ODI series is going to begin on September 27 at the National Stadium in Karachi. In such a situation, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has made a big appeal to the Pakistan audience before the start of the series.
Sarfaraz has appealed to Pakistani spectators
Sarfaraz has appealed to Pakistani spectators to reach the stadium to watch a large number of matches. Sarfaraz said, History is going to be made on Friday. Karachi will host an international ODI for the first time since January 2009. I would request all the local sports lovers to be a part of the history so that they can tell the next generation that I was present when the international series was played in Karachi.
The Pakistani captain further said, “I can’t wait for Friday any more, it will be a memorable moment.” I hope that when we come to the ground to play the match, the stadium will be packed with spectators and the spectators will cheer both teams.
Newly appointed vice-captain Babar Azam of the Pakistani team said that it would be a big day for him to play international ODI for the first time in front of the domestic audience. Babur said, how can I thank the fans who gave love and support early in the career. Friday will be a big and special day for me as I will step into the fray as the vice-captain of the Pakistani team. I would like the audience in Pakistan and the National Stadium to make this day memorable for me.
Tight security arrangements
Tight security arrangements have been made for the visiting Sri Lankan team on the tour. The team has been given the security provided to the Head of State of any country. An elite board of Sri Lankan security experts arrived before the team reached Karachi. After the team arrived at the airport, the players were taken directly to the hotel by bullet-proof bus and car.
Terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus
In March 2009, there was a terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus. Six players of the team were injured in this attack. Six police personnel and 2 Pakistani civilians were also killed in this attack. After this attack, no major team visited Pakistan for the last ten years due to security reasons. The team of West Indies and Zimbabwe toured Pakistan. Even the big players from the Caribbean team stayed out of the team. Apart from this, the ICC organized a three-match international T20 series between the World XI and Pakistan to return to international cricket in Pakistan last year, but even then no team agreed to visit Pakistan. However 10 big players of the Sri Lankan team have not come on tour.
Three T20 Internationals will be played in Lahore from October 5 to 9 after a series of three ODIs from 27 September to 2 October.