Sunday, March 5th was a historical day for Pakistan, where they staged the final of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) second season peacefully and extremely successfully in Lahore.
The Gaddafi stadium was filled with crowd and the crowd was filled with emotions. The emotion of pride, relief and patriotism. The atmosphere of the stadium was electrifying and the security arrangements were foolproof that made foreign cricketers’ trip to Lahore a memorable one.
Some of the foreigners who visited Lahore for the final expressed their views through Twitter and it seemed they love every bit of their stay in the loving country.
Peshawar Zalmi’s skipper Darren Sammy enjoyed playing at Lahore, despite of him lifting the trophy, he called ‘cricket was the winner’.
— Daren Sammy (@darrensammy88) March 5, 2017
Earlier, Sammy thanked the star allrounder of Pakistan during toss and post match ceremony, Shahid Afridi who himself could not play the final due to an injured hand, for convincing him to visit Pakistan for the final, at the end he was grateful that he listened to his advice.
Quetta Gladiators’ batting mentor and West Indies’ batting legend felt nostalgic when he arrived in Lahore and was impressed with the security arrangements.
LAHORE LAHORE LAHORE, m here after so long time impressive security here no issues,, and m hoping for another Quetta day!!!
— Viv Richards (@vivrichards_56) March 5, 2017
Chris Jordan, the English fast bowler who played for Peshawar Zalmi, enjoyed playing in a jam-packed stadium. He also tried Sindhi culture with his bowling coach Mohammad Akram.
Embracing the Sindhi look with the coach tonight 😀🙌🏾 #sindhi A post shared by Chris Jordan (@cjrjordan) on
On the other hand, Zalmi’s opener, Dawid Malan had a fantastic time throughout the tournament whether he played in Dubai, Sharjah or Lahore.
He also thanked Pakistan’s security forces and the PCB.
Sean Ervine, who came to Pakistan with Quetta Gladiators as a replacement to one of their foreign players, was thankful to the country for the hospitality.
West Indies’ fast bowler, Rayad Emrit, who bowled extremely well for Quetta Gladiators in the final, was satisfied with the security conditions.
Peshawar Zalmi dominated the revamped Quetta side and won the final clash by 58 runs. Darren Sammy lifted the trophy and Sarfraz Ahmed once again missed the PSL gold.
Irrespective of the result, Pakistan emerged as the ultimate winner.