Pakistan legends hail Sri Lanka's decision to tour Lahore for 3rd T20I, hope other teams will follow suit

Pakistan legends Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have described Sri Lankan team's visit to Lahore to play a T20 international on Sunday as a good sign for the return of international cricket to the country.

PTI, October 29, 2017

Karachi: Legendary Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have described Sri Lankan team's visit to Lahore to play a T20 international on Sunday as a good sign for the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

"I am very happy to see that the Sri Lankan team is in Lahore and will play today at the Gaddafi stadium. Their visit is very important for our cricket and hopefully it will now lead to more teams coming to Pakistan," Imran told a television channel.

Sri Lanka became the first top international cricket team to tour Pakistan in eight years when they reached Lahore last night from Abu Dhabi.

A fans holds a placard at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. AP

A fans holds a placard at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. AP

It was an attack on the Sri Lankan team by militants in March 2009 that led to Pakistan being isolated as an international cricket venue for eight long years.

Former captain and 1992 World Cup hero Imran, who is now a leading politician, normally does not see eye-to-eye with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, and has been critical about him.

But Imran said PCB deserved appreciation for getting the Sri Lankans to play in Lahore.

"What happened in 2009 was very sad and bad for Pakistan cricket. It hurt our cricket and young players a lot. But now things seem to be moving in the right direction and today our people can show everyone they are a peace-loving nation who enjoys cricket," the former captain said.

Another former captain Javed Miandad also appreciated the efforts of the PCB to bring a top Test team to Lahore.

"This visit by the Sri Lankans will do a lot of good for Pakistan cricket. I think the doors to international cricket in Pakistan will now open up soon," Miandad said.

He said that the Sri Lankan government, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and players had shown they were true friends of Pakistan by agreeing to play the match in Lahore.

"I know it must have not been easy for them after what happened eight years back with them. I can understand if some of their players have pulled out. But the important thing is Sri Lanka is here," Miandad told PTI.

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram said he was very happy for the young players of the country.

"We were fortunate we played a lot of cricket in front of our people but I always felt bad for the current lot of players many of whom never got a chance to play on their own grounds before their own crowds. Thankfully that is now changing," he said.

Updated Date: Oct 29, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
13 8 5 0 16
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
13 6 7 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
13 6 7 0 12
8
Delhi
13 4 9 0 8




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114