Sri Lanka will play their final Twenty20 international match at Lahore where they were ambushed in 2009.
This Sunday both the Asian giants will be in a tussle of fight for their final Twenty20 match at Lahore Pakistan, team Sri Lanka was the last major team who played against Pakistan eight years back and were ambushed by the Terrorist group, and also this Sunday after long eight years they will be the first team to play their cricket against Pakistan in their homeland.
In that match, some of the attack survivors will be there.
Sri Lankan head coach their official members and many players have opted out to play that match against Pakistan due to security reasons, some also backed out because of ongoing militant attacks in Pakistan.
Cricket Buzz confirms Ahsan Raza the Pakistani Umpire who were at Lahore on that day of 2009, will also be in that match.
In that dark day of Cricket 2009, the Umpire was among those who were shots and he has undergone collapsed lung and damaged the liver.
On March 3rd, 2009, at Gaddafi Stadium eight people were killed and eight got injured because of the gunshot. After that incident cricket tour to Pakistan come to a halt.
Now, this Sunday Sri Lanka will be the first team to play their cricket in Pakistan after that massacre and they are ready to recommencement International fixture at Pakistan as security improves.
The Umpire who was there is on that day was happy to hear that this final match will be placed at Lahore after that terrible incident,
He said: “It’s a great honour that I will be umpiring in the match which is bringing Sri Lanka back to Lahore,”
“They have set their every fear aside… their tour will have a great impact on the revival of cricket in Pakistan.”
This Sunday’s match will end Pakistanis isolation from International cricket after many days and this was a brave call taken by the Sri Lankan team.
About this match, the Pakistani Cricket board chairman Najam Sethi said: “Our stadiums have remained empty. Now all that is poised to change, for the better… I foresee a full-fledged restoration in the next two years,”