Cricket might not be the national game of Pakistan but, cricket is the game majority of us are emotionally attached with. The fans were stripped off from experiencing International matches in Pakistan 6 years ago. Zimbabwean cricket team officially opened the gates of International crickets in Pakistan by playing their first game in Lahore.
And what a game that was. A true treat for the fans and cricket lovers who waited too long to experience the thrill like that to happen.
With the announcement of Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan for the series, Cricket fans across the country rejoiced. I believe we have never welcomed our own team after any win the way Pakistan welcomed Zimbabwean team and the International Cricket with it, trending #CricketComesHome and #PakvZim tags.
We salute the fans, the cricket lovers who showed their support and love to the game, to the guests and to the hosting team with everything they have got. It is impossible to put their contributions in words. They filled Social Media, they made videos, they made welcoming banners, they wrote poems, they have painted posters by hands and they screamed from top of their lungs in the stadium for both teams. Young, old, kids, men and women…
We particularly shout for one group, “The Boys in Green” aka BiG, a Facebook Group to be exact who put together too much efforts on and off the Internet. Naming few members from the group will be injustice to remaining thousands of other fans but great applauses go to the caretaker Ms. Farhat Rabia, her family and friends.
We are including some of their creativity in the photo album.
In the stadium, the crowd was holding more banners for Zimbabwe than for Pakistan. We all are deeply touched and truly thankful for Zimbabwean players and officials that they, against all known odds come to break the silence of our International grounds and allowing these furiously passionate cricket lovers in Pakistan to have another chance of watching these matches in our own lands.
Gaddafi Stadium was filled with celebrities, officials, fans, players of all ages. Among highlights one particular gentleman on his wheelchair came under spotlight when none other but Ramiz Raja himself told his story. Since 1972 till today, he has never missed a single game in Gaddafi Stadium.
Ramiz Raja, who was not officially assigned to series by ICC, comes home to Pakistan and blessed us all with his commentary and presentations.
Whoever of the two teams wins this series, for Pakistani Cricket lovers, the win has been dedicated to them. They are the reason our ground are in action and our stadium are alive, singing and cheering. And it will go on from now on like it used to be.