Bangladesh tour: A chance to play on watan ki matti

Published: April 18, 2012

It has been over three years since Pakistan hosted a Test-playing nation and Gadaffi Stadium has earned the privilege to end the drought. PHOTO: AFP

It has been over three years since Pakistan hosted a Test-playing nation and Gadaffi Stadium has earned the privilege to end the drought. PHOTO: AFP
It has been over three years since Pakistan hosted a Test-playing nation and Gadaffi Stadium has earned the privilege to end the drought. PHOTO: AFP
KARACHI: 

After watching his elder brother Kamran don the national colours and play in front of a packed home crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Adnan Akmal imagined doing the same.

While part of his dream came true, after he made his international debut, Adnan – like several other youngsters – is yet to taste the pressure, or joy, of playing in front of a home crowd.

However, with the confirmation that Bangladesh will tour Pakistan, Adnan is aiming to make his home debut.

“I was over the moon when I heard about Bangladesh confirming the tour,” Adnan, who made his Test debut against South Arica in Dubai in 2010, told The Express Tribune.

“I regularly watched my brother performing and dreamt of playing for Pakistan on my home ground. Now I see a realistic chance for which I am thankful to the PCB chairman who made this happen with his efforts.

“I hope I get the opportunity of performing on my home ground in the upcoming series.”

Adnan has played 13 Tests, five One-Day Internationals and 19 Twenty20s but was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed for the Asia Cup and it remains to be seen whether he is picked for the upcoming matches against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, apart from Adnan, various other cricketers, who have made their mark at the international arena are yet to play in Pakistan — Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and fast-bowlers Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema.

Home debut important: Cheema

The right-arm fast-bowler, while hailing the tour confirmation, termed it extremely important for players to make their debuts on home soil.

“I’m very excited at the return of international cricket,” said the 32-year old pacer, who made his Test debut in Zimbabwe.

“I hope matches take place regularly in our country as the PCB is making sincere efforts to resume international cricket. It’s very important for the game and its fans as well as young cricketers.

“Players who make their debut in their home country get the much-needed confidence as compared to the ones who their first match abroad.”

Junaid gets renewed zeal

Meanwhile, Junaid Khan, who is seeking a return to the playing-eleven after recovering from a knee injury, has doubled his efforts after the confirmation of the tour.

“I’ve increased my efforts to regain full rhythm,” said the 22-year old.

“I’m now training in full flow and drew a lot of motivation from the confirmation. It’s a dream for every cricketer to perform on HIS home ground.

“In the same way, I’m also looking forward to making my home debut and play on the grounds where I saw our legends in action.”

Adnan Akmal

“I regularly watched my brother performing and dreamt of playing for Pakistan on my home ground. Now I see a realistic chance for which I am thankful to the PCB chairman.”

 Aizaz Cheema

“I hope matches take place regularly in our country. Players who make their debut in their home country get much-needed confidence as compared to the ones who play their first match abroad.”

 Junaid Khan

“It’s a dream for every cricketer to perform on his home grounds. In the same way, I’m also looking forward to making my home debut against Bangladesh and play on the grounds where I saw our legends in action.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2012.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Nasir
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:54AM

    Would you risk your life in coming to the land of the pure? – a land where murderers are showered with rose petals and government ministers attend rallies of banned outfits. A land where if you are naughty enough you will be allocated a free villa, and a land where convicted murderers get to use cellphones and other toys in prison. Pakistan is a land that loves cricket but its leaders need to ensure the same level of security they do for foreigners as they do for their own friends and family

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  • Russianroulette
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Can we just change the name of the stadium to Lahore Cricket Stadium?
    Who is Gaddafi to Pakistan?

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 1:14PM

    At last, there is some one coming to play in Pakistan, Lets see, how many support Pakistan Gets from other teams if are asked to play a home series in Pakistan.

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  • Apr 19, 2012 - 8:22AM

    You all realize that Gaddafi stadium is named after a man who said,”Do you want Libya like Pakistan and Afghanistan?”, when talking about how Libya should not be like?

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