Pakistan witnessed history Sunday night as Pakistan Super League (PSL) brought cricket back to the country in a glittering closing ceremony.
Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators battled it out for the trophy with the latter claiming the champions title. The ceremony featured performances by various artists, such as Fawad Khan (who sung the official PSL anthem, Khel Deewanon Ka), Aima Baig, Shuja Haider and Junoon.
Cricket triumphs: Gladiators clinch first PSL title
Football legend, Carlos Puyol, who is currently visiting Karachi to promote World Soccor Stars (WSS) also attended the final match. He was joined on stage by the cast of the much-awaited thriller, The Legend of Maula Jatt.
The President, Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed cricket back home and promised the whole tournament to happen in the country next year.
Apart from the leaders, celebs such as Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mahira Khan, Mawra Hocane and other lauded the security forces for conducting a smooth event.
Here's what the had to say:
"Hum jeet gaye, Pakistan jeet gaya! (We've won. Pakistan has won!) Alhumdulillah, shine always my Pakistan!"
Hamza Ali Abbasi:
"Mubarik (Congratulations) Quetta Gladiators for winning the PSL Final and becoming champions! Pakistan has won today! Ya Allah, thank you for this happiness! Pakistan Zindabad!"
"My city, my country shining bright! Heart swells with pride. Pakistan is winning tonight."
"Mera Karachi, Mera Pakistan. Hamesha aisay roshan rahay. (May Karachi and Pakistan shine like this. Always!) Ameen."
Mera Karachi Mera pakistan Hamesha aisay roshan rahay Ameen😊 pic.twitter.com/r0oT18272m— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) March 17, 2019
"Congrats Quetta Gladiators! Undoubtedly the best and most deserving of this title! Well-played Peshawar Zalmi but tough luck! Overall a fantastic tournament. Thank you PSL, the govt and Pak Army for bringing so much joy to Karachi and hopefully to entire country next year In Sha Allah!"
Congrats Quetta Gladiators! Undoubtedly the best & most deserving of this title! Well-played Peshawar Zalmi but tough luck! Overall a fantastic tournament. Thank you PSL, the govt & Pak Army for bringing so much joy to Karachi & hopefully to entire country next year insha Allah! pic.twitter.com/cqiupq5B6l— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) March 17, 2019
"It is so magnificent to see the roads covered in celebration to see Karachi so alive and festive and to have cricket back in my city again! Whoever wins or loses we as a nation have won today."
It is so magnificent to see the roads covered in celebration to see #karachi so alive and festive and to have cricket back in my city again! Whoever wins or loses we as a nation have won today 🥰#PSLFinal2019— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) March 17, 2019
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