Sarfaraz Ahmed urges cricket fraternity to help revive international matches in Pakistan

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-09-27 02:09:00

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Sarfaraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan in their 1st home series since 2009. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that it is time for other boards to reconsider their approach towards playing in Pakistan
  • Pakistan are set to play Sri Lanka in three-match ODI series and three Twenty20s at home
  • Sarfaraz said that world cricket must support Pakistan in reviving international cricket on its home turf

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that it is time for other boards to reconsider their approach towards playing in Pakistan and requested all boards to support cricket in Pakistan.

Pakistan are set to play Sri Lanka in three-match ODI series and three Twenty20s at home. It is the first time since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in 2009 that a foreign team will conduct a two-week tour of Pakistan. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.

Speaking at the pre-series press conference ahead of Pakistan’s ODIs against Sri Lanka in Karachi, Sarfaraz said that world cricket must support Pakistan in reviving international cricket on its home turf.

"Pakistan has delivered a clear message and now it’s time for other boards to reconsider their approach towards playing in Pakistan. Being a team and a nation, I request all boards to support cricket in Pakistan,"

"As far as outfield is concerned I would say that when it rains, water comes down’, Pakistan skipper said.

"It is easy to claim that we will score 450 or 500 runs but to achieve this target an entire process is required. In modern-day cricket, the role of the first three to four batsmen has become very crucial."

"All those teams scoring more than 300 runs are able to do so through a set-up under which openers show an exemplary start and the rest of the team carries it (forward). In order to score 400 runs, we need set-up and we are planning to have it."

"Talking about the performance of Pakistan, he said: If you review the performance of the team during the past two and a half years, it has improved tremendously. We scored 300 runs during the World Cup; we have scored 350 and even touched 370."

"Our cricket is improving and we are trying to go ahead with this team."

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