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Pakistan to witness 'Cricket Wave' again

Sarfraz Ahmed feels it will open the gates for international cricket in Pakistan.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

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The stage is all set for the grand finale of Pakistan Super League season two, where Quetta Gladiators will meet Peshawar Zalmi in Lahore. This will also bring cricket back in Pakistan, where international teams don’t visit for any series due to regular terrorist attacks. It makes March 5 a memorable day for Pakistan cricket fans.

PCB made this announcement before the start of this tournament that Lahore will host the final game of this season whether the international players will come there or not. Everyone had their own opinions about this but recent bomb blast in Lahore brought dark clouds over this match. However, Pakistan Cricket Board made it clear that match will go on with the same schedule.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed believes this is a right decision by PCB. He is captaining Quetta Gladiators and led his team to the second successive final in PSL.

Sarfraz thinks that it will open the gate for international cricket in Pakistan. “We are looking forward to a good and exciting final. This will be good for the country as well as fans of cricket across the world since this can help bring back cricket to the country,” he said.

The defending runner-up will miss the services of their star players Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills, Rilee Rossouw and Luke Wright, who all have opted their name back from playing in Pakistan. Pakistan limited-over skipper describes this as a big blow  saying “It will have an effect on the team in the absence of our foreign players but we have other international players joining the team tomorrow, so we will try to pick the best side we can for the final. However, the likes of Pietersen and Mills will be difficult to replace.”

The Sarfraz-led team is having several local guns, which are doing well for their team and it makes them tougher to beat in the final game. Asad Shafiq, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar and Ahmed Shahzad are having a good time in the league. Last year they lost to Islamabad United in final but they are not in any mood to let slip this opportunity again.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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