Pakistani men and women cricketers are excited whilst sharing the thrills to embrace the New Zealand men Cricket team to Pakistan for a historic tour.
Tom Latham-led squad is all set to arrive in the realm today and no one can be happier than the Pakistani cricketers to see cricket, at its fullest, getting back to the cricket-loving nation.
The last time, when the Kiwis voyaged Pakistan, was in 2003 where they contested losing in a five-match ODI series by 0-5.
Cricketers share their excitement as Pakistan is to welcome New Zealand after 18 years
Former Test captain Rashid Latif urged,
“It is great news for passionate cricket fans that New Zealand are arriving in Pakistan after a long gap. I still remember a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi when Shoaib Akhtar bowled really fast and took six wickets.
“The series is a great opportunity for young Pakistan players to express their talent. I am sure fans will turn up to the stadiums in Rawalpindi and Lahore to witness exciting matches between both sides.”
Test wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal said,
“Witnessing international stars playing in front of them brings joy to the faces of the fans and I am hopeful the series will help promote the game in Pakistan.”
Women’s team all-rounder Nida Dar: “I am looking forward to what promises to be exciting series. My well-wishes are with the men in green and I am sure they will do well.”
National women’s team captain Javeria Khan told,
“It is really encouraging for the game that New Zealand is coming to Pakistan after a long gap. In this historic series, I am backing Babar Azam and his team to win.”
Former Test cricketer and now national U19 coach Ijaz Ahmed said,
“The tour of New Zealand is another step forward towards the complete resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. After New Zealand, England are due to visit next month here, which is fantastic for the cricket fans.
“The fans are urged to turn to stadiums keeping necessary social distancing so they can enjoy the game safely.”Advertisement
Former Test cricketer Imran Farhat added,
“I am very happy to see New Zealand making a visit here again. I have some great memories of playing against New Zealand at home.”
Former Test cricketer Yasir Hameed quoted,
“It is really great to see New Zealand coming to Pakistan after Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and South Africa made successful tours recently. New Zealand are a tough side and I am looking forward to competitive cricket.”
Notably, the two teams will undergo a three-match ODI series to be followed by five T20Is scheduled for Rawalpindi and Gadaffi stadiums respectively.
The 50-over contest begins on 17th September whereas, the 20-over contest will kick-start by 25th September.