Lahore: Pakistan’s greatest, respected and emerging sports personalities extended their support to their men’s national cricket team by wishing them for series against England, which starts at Old Trafford from August 5.
In the 24th edition of the PCB Podcast, Squash legend Jahangir Khan, Hockey Olympian Shahbaz Ahmed Snr, Tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq, snooker champion Mohammad Asif, men’s football team captain Saddam Hussain and other acclaimed sportspersons expressed their support behind Azhar Ali’s side.
“I can imagine how difficult it must have been to prepare and remain focused during the Covid-19 pandemic. England series has always been tough but, I am sure the team will play with a fighting spirit and return favorable results,” 10-time British Open and six-time World Open squash champion Jahangir said.
“My wishes are with the team. Pakistan cricket has a huge fan following in the world and in the current scenario, when the masses are staying at home, the resumption of sports activities will provide great entertainment to the people,” 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and 1994 World Cup winner Shahbaz Snr said.
“I am really excited for Pakistan’s upcoming series against England. I wish our boys in green all the best. I hope they play with a lot of passion and make us all proud,” Aisam said.
“The revival of cricket sets the stage for other sporting events to resume soon. I wish Pakistan cricket team all the best for their series against England. We are optimistic that this pandemic will end soon and look forward to represent our country again.” world snooker champion Asif said.
“All sportsmen have to go through a difficult phase during pandemic. PCB has taken a brilliant initiative to send the men’s team to England. My best wishes are with the team and I hope they perform well in the series. I wish and pray that other sports activities will resume in the country soon,” Saddam said.