Zimbabwe who have become the first test playing nation to visit Pakistan after the terrorist attack are all set to play two T20’s on Friday and the Sunday followed by three ODI’s and the T20 captain of the host nation Shahid Afridi lauded the decision of the ZCB in touring the nation.
Shahid Afridi who praised the courage of the Zimbabwe players said that he was delighted to be playing at home again and that the return of International cricket to the nation is like spring for them after 6 years of autumn. He also added that the team from Zimbabwe has delighted the Pakistan Cricket fans by giving them International cricket once again.
After the Terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team during a tour to Pakistan where 8 people were killed, Zimbabwe are the first team to tour Pakistan and they decided to go through with the tour in the last minute after almost calling it off after gunmen massacred 45 minority Shiites in the city of Karachi.
The Captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Azhar Ali who made his debut in 2010 has never played international cricket at home and has expressed his excitement on being able to captain his nation in his first game on home soil. He said that it was special feeling for all the players in the team who have not experienced the feel of playing in front of the home crowd. He added that the nation’s cricket fans have been deprived of International cricket and that this series is like a festival to them.
Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shehzad have all never played in home conditions and Azhar hoped that the whole tour will go smoothly without a problem and that this home series will give them a lot of confidence.