Remember that iconic photo of a Pakistani fan with a disappointed expression on his face and hands on his waist after yet another misfield by a Pakistani fielder during their fixture against Australia in the 2019 World Cup?
That picture of Sarim Akhtar spread like wildfire on social media at the time before becoming a cult meme. Well! Sarim Akhtar, like other Pakistani fans, may have been left disappointed followed their teams’ dismal 2019 World Cup campaign, but a year on, the hope and energy is well and truly back among him and millions of cricket tragics in the country as Azhar Ali-led team gears up for the three-match Test series against England.
‘Play with pride and passion’ Sarim Akhtar’s message to the Pakistan team ahead of Test series against England
Sarim Akhtar is back! And he is back with a good luck message for the team ahead of the Test series, which starts at Old Trafford from August 05.
“Arey yaar! Bas kar! Ek saal ho gaya! (Stop it, it has been a year!) The Pakistan team have come to England for a Test series! Wow, what an exciting time! Well a simple message for Pakistan, play with pride and passion,” Sarim Akhtar said in the video posted by the official Twitter handle of PCB.
“Last time we had drawn the series and this time we have to win. With a simple message, if the ball is outside off let it go,” he concluded.
Sarim Akhtar has a reason to be optimistic about their teams’ chances in the upcoming Test series against England. The Azhar Ali-led unit has traditionally done well in English conditions. They are the only side to draw back-to-back series in England in the past decade 2-2 in 2016 and 1-1 in 2018.
The 1st Test of the three-match series will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester, a venue where they last won a Test 19 years ago. The last time the Men in Green played a Test in Manchester, they were comprehensively beaten by 330 runs, something Azhar Ali and his team will be desperately hope, is not the case this time around.
Watch the video here-
Play with pride and passion!
The meme fame Sarim has a simple message for team Pakistan.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 3, 2020