Pakistan after the below-par performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, they are ready to face Sri Lanka in the home ground. It will be a more important series for Pakistan to set up themself once again. After a long time, Pakistan is hosting a bilateral series in their soil. Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has recently urged Pakistan public to come on Friday (27th September) to watch the match at the stadium.
Sri Lanka team has already arrived in Pakistan for the three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series. The first ODI match is on Friday (27 September) at National Stadium (Karachi).
In 2009, terrorists attacked the bus of the Sri Lankan team. It is an unforgettable incident in the cricket world. Since then, many teams have disagreed for any matches in Pakistan soil.
For Sarfaraz Ahmed, it’s a memorable occasion
Because of Security concerns, 10 Sri Lankan players backed out of the team. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has assured the security for the Sri Lankan players and the match will be played as per schedule. Sarfaraz Ahmed requests fans to be present at the stadium for the support. He labelled Friday as “a memorable occasion”.
“History will be made on Friday. When Karachi will host the first bilateral ODI series since January 2009. I request all local cricket fans to be part of history. So that they can tell the next generation that they were at the National Stadium when an international series was played,” ICC quoted Sarfaraz as saying.
“I can’t wait for Friday. It will mark a memorable occasion. I hope when I walk out, I have a full house behind me, not only cheering me but both the sides,” he added.
After the 2009 incident, Pakistan has hosted most of the series in other countries.