Photo by Rahat Ali Dar
ricket is not just the national pastime, it is also a lifeline. It was important for the enthusiasts that the teams that had avoided Pakistan for long return to the country. A team is the perfect metaphor for a country: it can be charming even when it is crooked, it can disappoint and still be loved. Occasionally, it can raise hopes.
Those who purchased their tickets to one of Pakistan’s T20 matches against England in Lahore in time were fortunate. After several rounds of resale, the prices had shot up 1,000 percent. Of course, the prices can go only as high as a buyer will pay.
The experience was truly remarkable. The sound of thousands of fans cheering in unison was like an aeroplane taking off every minute next to your seat.
Off the field, the guests indulged questions like the food being better in Lahore or Karachi. Even England skipper Moeen Ali weighed in.