After the successfully hosting the Independence Cup, cricket has finally come back to home. Now that Pakistan has proven that it is a safe and peace-loving nation, more of these kinds of events are expected to return to the country in full force.
One such example is yesterday’s match held in Miranshah of North Waziristan Agency to promote peace. The cricket match which was played by Pakistan XI against UK Media XI was made possible by the efforts of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Super League Franchise Peshawar Zalmi.
It was called the ‘Peace Cup’ and was held at the Younis Khan Stadium. Hundreds of spectators turned up along with Army officials and governor of KP present to witness it unfold in a region that was previously torn apart by war.
The match started with Pakistan XI batting first and scoring a total of 254 runs against the UK Media XI team. In response to this total, UK Media XI was able to make 120 runs in 20 overs, securing a safe victory for Pakistan XI.
Perhaps the most interesting and exciting part of the Peace Cup was that veteran cricketers like Inzamam ul Haq, Younis Khan, and Shahid Afridi were all part of the team and performed in front of the spectators.
Prior to the match, both the teams were brought to the stadium inside a military helicopter. The PSL season two trophy held by Peshawar Zalmi was also on display at the venue.
Events like these are helping Pakistan secure an image of safety and peace in the eyes of the world. It is only a matter of time until cricket and other international events will become a norm in the country like they used to be once.