October 29th, 2017 will forever go down as a historic date in Pakistani cricket’s calendar as this is the day when cricket returned to the country after 8 years. And the visitors are co-incidentally Sri Lanka. the very team who’s team bus was attacked by the terrorists; killing * & injuring several players. This incident led to ICC barring Pakistan from hosting any international match in the country. In Pakistan, the belief is that today’s match will lead to other countries visiting them soon.
Haider Ashraf, Deputy Inspector General of Punjab Police told the reporters: “We are ready to host Sri Lanka team. International security consultants and a delegation from Sri Lanka are also on board. There are four layers of security checkpoints to enter the stadium and we are confident that the match will be held safely”.
From the 2009 team, only veteran Shoaib Malik remains in the present team. However, there’s another personality who’ll be present from that serues. He’s none other than Pakistan’s most famous fan, Sufi Jalil, known as ‘Jalil Chacha’ or ‘Chacha Cricket’ (Uncle Cricket).
Jalil said, “It’s a historic day. We hope the match is held without anyo problem and like always I will be in the stands raising slogans for both the teams. I am fed up of going abroad, so I want cricket to be fully restored in Pakistan.”
If the security measures can be assured, then it’s safe to say that other teams will feel safe about touring Pakistan soon.