Waqar, Amir Khan laud Sri Lanka

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Former Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has lauded Sri Lankan team's visit to Lahore to play the T20 international as a good sign for the return of international cricket to Pakistan, the Nation reported today.

Waqar said he was very happy to see that the Sri Lankan team was in Lahore and played a Twenty20 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

“Their visit is very important for our cricket and hopefully it will now lead to more teams to come to Pakistan,” he said.

Waqar said the PCB deserves credit for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan and also for convincing Sri Lanka to play one off Twenty20 in Lahore.

"What happened in 2009 was very bad for Pakistan cricket. It hurt our cricket and young players a lot. But now things seem to be moving in the right direction and today our people can show everyone that they are a peace-loving nation, who enjoy cricket.”

The former captain said that the Sri Lankan government, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and players had shown that they were true friends of Pakistan.

"I know it must have not been easy for them after what happened eight years back with them. I can understand if some of their players have pulled out. But the important thing is Sri Lanka is here," he added.

Pakistan-born British boxer Amir Khan also came to Lahore to witness the third T20 match.

Talking to media outside the Gaddafi Stadium, Amir hailed Sri Lankan team for visiting Lahore and termed it a great decision taken by them which shows that Pakistan is a safe country and Pakistanis love cricket and want to see international cricketers playing in front of them.

“I came here especially to support Pakistan team and I am glad to be here. I hope after Sri Lanka , more international teams will visit Pakistan and the country will start hosting full-fledged cricket soon,” he added.

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  • Dalu Banda Monday, 30 October 2017 01:19 PM

    Pakistan is an all seasonal friend of Sri Lanka

    nick Monday, 30 October 2017 02:40 PM

    shame on those who didnt go as they proved their are greedy fellows if they love our nation they would have gone & won for us but instead they love ipl & the money via DM Android App

    Muhammad Monday, 06 November 2017 11:18 AM

    Considering what happened in 2009, it's a massive risk to go. I totally understand why some players didn't want to go. The anxiety and worry you would put on your wife, children and parents is not worth it. Good on those who went, but you have no right to talk down to those who didn't.

    Kadiya Tuesday, 31 October 2017 06:31 AM

    Then why oh why didn't they give us this series in a platter if they think that we opened the road to Pakistan? Just kidding! Ours was a great gesture and the rest of the cricketing world must be hiding their faces in shame!

    cheers Tuesday, 31 October 2017 08:18 AM

    I am surprised players like Dickwella and Dananjaya refusing to go these kids must be thinking they are the best cricketers in the world my foot. Only excuse should be to Lakmal who was part of the incident in 2009 and his decision is taken but the others?

    Sharon Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:00 AM

    Pakistan is a true friend indeed... Honestly helped us during the war...


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