The Daily Star – Bangladesh – The stands of Karachi’s National Stadium roared with chants from a packed 33,000-strong holiday crowd as international cricket returned to the Pakistani metropolis after a nine year break with the final of country’s Twenty20 league on Sunday.

Summary

  • The stands of Karachi’s National Stadium roared with chants from a packed 33,000-strong holiday crowd as international cricket returned to the Pakistani metropolis after a nine year break with the final of country’s Twenty20 league on Sunday.
  • The Pakistan Super League (PSL) final — in which Islamabad United beat title holders Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets — is seen as a major step towards reviving international cricket in the country, suspended since 2009 attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.
  • The first 31 matches of the PSL were again played in Dubai and Sharjah before the two play-offs in Lahore, highlighting the improvement in security situation after military operations in the troubled north-west of the country.
  • Karachi became the second major venue to host international matches after Lahore hosted five international matches against Zimbabwe in 2015, as well as the PSL final in March last year, three World XI matches in September and one against Sri Lanka a month later.
  • “It’s a historic occasion as Karachi is hosting a match after a nine year gap,” said Sethi before the final


Read more…