Cricket for peace: UK Media XI win toss, field against Pakistan XI in North Waziristan
UK Media XI won the toss and opted to field against Pakistan XI in Miranshah, a town in the North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
The match, being held at the picturesque Younis Khan Stadium in Miranshah, is part of a series titled Peace Cup, organised by the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Cricket Board and PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi.
Prominent players in action include Inzamam ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umer Gul, Mushtaq Ahmed, Riaz Afridi and Wajhatullah Wasti, according to a press release from Peshawar Zalmi.
The UK team, on the other hand, is part of an 18-member group of journalists, lawyers, businessmen and academics aged between 21-62, which is touring Pakistan with the aim to improve the country’s image as a sporting nation.
Peshawar Zalmi chairman Javed Afridi shared scenes from the venue earlier today.
“Welcome to the Peace Land,” he said in a tweet.
“Say No Terrorism,” he tweeted.
Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of ISPR, had announced the match via Twitter on Wednesday.
“Cricket in NWA. Pak XI plays UK Media XI on 21 Sep 17. Live telecast from Miranshah. Peace & prosperity is our destiny,” the DG ISPR had tweeted.