One of the renowned voices from Sri Lanka Roshan Abeysinghe gave a clear message to the world that Pakistan is a safe place where all sorts of international sporting events can take place without any security fears.
In an exclusive interview with ARY Sports at National Stadium Karachi (NSK), Abeysinghe appreciated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for letting them feel more comfortable this time around.
“The security is tight but we feel more comfortable this time. We can easily move wherever we want and I think there is no more security fear in this country,” he said.
“My message is clear that teams should think of visiting here. Pakistan deserves all the help following their hospitality and love for cricket,” said the visiting commentator.
The revival of Test cricket in Pakistan
For Abeysinghe, playing cricket at home benefits nations in so many ways. It gives immense confidence to the entire cricketing set-up.
“I think playing at home is much more comfortable for any team. It gives players immense confidence and advantage to showcase their talent,” he marked.
The journalist-turned-cricket commentator thinks that the revival of international cricket in Pakistan will help in producing more talented kids. “For a youngster, nothing is more exceptional than watching his national stars playing in front of him. It is a unique feel when young talent sees players like Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Shan Masood,” he said.
An exciting contest in Karachi
Abeysinghe appreciated Pakistani batters for the way they batted, making the most of home advantage. “I think credit goes to Pakistani batsmen. They played well and showcased a team game. See, their top-four batters scored a hundred each which gave a massive boost to the entire team,” the commentator maintained.
On the other hand, Abeysinghe said that Sri Lanka will take a lot of positives from this series as their young bowling attack comprised of Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Embuldeniya give positivity to the team for future.
“I think our bowlers gave a tough time. They tried their best to hold the home side and they did in the first inning. Unfortunately, Pakistani batters were more aggressive in the second inning but we can take a lot of positivity from here,” he highlighted.
Pakistani food as always made a special place in Abeysinghe’s heart. Apart from biryani, he loved Pakistani ‘Mango Pickle’. “I love Pakistan’s Pickle, made with the combination of mangoes and spices,” he said.
“It is simply magnificent. It had been served to me with Lunch and to be honest, I loved it. As I am not a food addict, I can often eat this Pickle with just rice,” he concluded.