Pakistan will witness international cricket return to the country after a long time when they play Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I and ODI series respectively. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, who will lead the team in front of his home crowd said that this is one of the highlights of his cricketing career.
Since the attack of Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, Pakistan have witnessed very less cricket. Minnows Zimbabwe were the last team to tour the country for an ODI series in 2015. Otherwise, the Men in Greens have played their home games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Pakistan will have a fresh start after a dismal World Cup. They have sacked the entire support staff team and appointed former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as the head coach. He will also work as the chief selector as PCB aims to bring clarity in team selection.
There were speculations that incumbent skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed might lose his job after the World Cup. But Misbah has kept his trust in the veteran wicket-keeper batsman for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
As Sarfaraz looks to make a winning start in his second spell as a skipper, he feels the upcoming series can put Pakistan on the cricket map once again. Sarfaraz Ahmed believes the upcoming series will be one of the highlights of his career and he wants the fans to fill in the stand in huge numbers.
“Leading the Pakistan cricket team in a bilateral ODI series in front of my home crowd will be one of the highlights of my career,” Sarfaraz said. “I can’t wait for Friday, which will mark the memorable occasion, and I hope when I walk out, I have a full-house behind me, not only cheering me but both the sides,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have sent a B team for the series after senior cricketers backed out citing security reasons. Despite that, Sarfaraz Ahmed seemed excited for the series which starts from September 27. He also said that fans are driving force in any sports and they will be keen to win the matches for them.
“Fans are the lifeline for any sport as they are the driving force for any team or player. They give extra energy to the teams and help them produce their very best,” Sarfaraz concluded.