Lahore: Pakistan is scheduled to take on Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the three-series on October 30 at Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
Six players out of the 22 probable picked for the series, belong to Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the twin cities.
In a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), vice-captain Shadab Khan, all-rounder Imad Wasim, pacer Haris Rauf, emerging pacer Muhammad Musa, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir, emerging batsman Haider Ali took a trip down memory lane and recalled their fond memories of iconic Pindi Stadium.
“When Ajju Bhai (Azhar Mahmood) scored a century in his debut match in 1997 at Pindi Stadium. So, I fondly remember that match,” Shadab said.
“I watched a match here for the first time in 2003 when Bangladesh was touring; I saw the likes of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhtar and I was ball picker too in that match. I can not forget that memory,” Imad said.
“I was obsessed about cricket and grounds as a kid. I remember I once scaled the wall of the stadium at dawn during Ramadan just to touch and feel the pitch of the Pindi Cricket Stadium. After touching the pitch, we saw a security guard in front of us who followed us from where we came,” Haris recalled.
“Last match which Pakistan played against Bangladesh recently there. We are playing the upcoming series against Zimbabwe for which I am very excited,” Haider said.
“I played U19 cricket here at this venue and I performed too. Pindi’s crowd has always been fascinating but unfortunately, the crowd won’t be allowed but still we will try to play good cricket,” Musa said.
“Mostly our U19 regional matches and club cricket took place there. I was also part of the side which won the Pakistan Cup at that particular stadium. There are lot of fond memories of Pindi Stadium,” Rohail said.
“I used to visit and watch cricket at Pindi stadium with my father and today I have the opportunity to play so, it’s a great feeling,” he added.
Local Pakistan players reminisce Pindi Cricket Stadium memories
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 26, 2020