President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi said that the tour of Sri Lankan cricket team to Pakistan was the beginning of a new era of international cricket in the country as it would encourage other nations to play the game on Pakistani grounds in near future.
During his visit to the Gadaffi Stadium during the third and last T20 international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka he stated “It is a new beginning of international cricket in Pakistan. The environment is ideal for the international cricket as the stadium packed with cricket crazy fans shows passion for the game.”
The president, himself a keen cricket lover, recalled that he had witnessed the World Cup and other international cricket matches held in Pakistan in the past. The country, however, had been deprived of international cricket for the last many years, he added.
The visit of Lankan team and the jam-packed stadium, he said, explicitly expressed the love of Pakistanis for the game of cricket.
He showed gratitude to the visiting Sri Lankan team, saying their tour would serve as an inspiration for the other cricket teams to tour Pakistan.
President Arif Alvi praised the performance of young Lankan side and noted that some of its senior players opted not to visit Pakistan.
For the first time in history, today Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium turned pink as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) joins hands with Pink Ribbon to create awareness about breast cancer.
Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium turning pink to create awareness about breast cancer. The stumps for the last #PAKvSL T20I are being branded in pink. All sponsors of the series have also changed their branding colours in the ground to pink.#PINKtober pic.twitter.com/1C5ZQcGwq7
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 9, 2019
A ceremony held before the third T20 international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was attended by Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi and PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.
Sri-Lanka has won third T20 international against Pakistan by 13 runs here on Wednesday at the Gadaffi stadium Lahore.