News – Sarfraz Ahmed feels playing in front of their home crowd in the three-match Twenty20 series against World XI in Lahore has renewed their passion towards the game. The hosts went on to win the series 2-1 after clinching the final game by 33 runs against the Faf du Plessis-led side.
The Pakistan captain also went on to express his gratitude towards the visiting players as the tour is likely to pave way for more cricket in Pakistan. “I am very thankful to the World XI team and the boards who agreed to send their players to resume international cricket in Pakistan,” Sarfraz said on Friday (September 15). “I hope after this series when they return home, they tell people about how lovely Pakistan is as a country. Going ahead I expect these players to return to Pakistan with full squads to play a full Test series.
“From the start of the series we were talking about how important it was. We did play the PSL final and the Zimbabwe series here, but this series was different, with big names like [Hashim] Amla, Faf, etc, and the intensity of the crowd was huge. It’s a different impact when you play at your home ground which we have not for seven to eight years. We spoke about what it means to perform in front of the crowd.