During Pakistan cricket’s challenging phase, Shahid Afridi said, “Grounds Were Turned into Wedding Halls.”

Following an attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, international teams stopped visiting Pakistan. Pakistan’s current purple patch is a long cry from those times. This year has been a great one for Pakistan cricket. The Babar Azam-led squad made it to the Asia Cup national title game before competing for the 2022 T20 World Cup title. Even after setting a low goal of 138 for Jos Buttler’s team, Pakistan demonstrated the fortitude to battle even though they lost to England in the final on Sunday. After a 2009 attack in Lahore on the Sri Lankan team, international teams stopped visiting Pakistan. Pakistan’s current purple patch is a long cry from those times. It took a while before teams began visiting Pakistan once more. Former skipper Shahid Afridi recalled the hard times now that Pakistan is once again one of the top limited-overs teams.
“Wedding halls were built on our property. We wanted to have a game on our property. For Pakistan cricket, it was a challenging time since we were lacking our audience. The people who worked hard to make this happen did so with great effort. the government, the board. They had a significant impact. When we travelled to play in other leagues, such as county cricket, we would try to persuade the cricket players there that with their assistance, cricket would be able to return to our nation. Shahid Afridi remarked on Samaa TV that when cricket was brought back, Pakistan sent a positive message that we are a sports-loving nation and that we want to watch and play cricket on own grounds here.
“That challenging time is over. The groups began their journey of Pakistan. England and Australia both arrived after some withdrew. The people in our group were lacking these things. Speaking of the 2022 T20 World Cup final, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran shone as England defeated Pakistan by five wickets to win both the 50-over and 20-over championships. Jos Buttler’s team held Pakistan to 137-8 in front of a boisterous crowd of 80,462 fans at a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground. Player-of-the-match and tournament Curran took 3-12, and Adil Rashid chipped in with 2-22.
In response, England struggled to establish any momentum against a fierce pace attack and fell to 49-3 in the sixth over. Boundaries were also difficult to come by. However, Stokes (52 not out) and Moeen Ali (19) led England to 138-5 with six balls remaining to cap off an exciting campaign that lasted 45 games and over a month.

John Smith

John Smith

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