Cricket fever grips Pakistan on eve of India-Pak semis clash

November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi, left, and India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in MohaliPakistan is in the grip of an incredible cricket fever as the ‘mother of all clashes’ – the World Cup semifinal against India — is just one day away.The whole nation — from ulemas to politicians, from students to businessmen and government officials — is praying for the success of the side in the high-voltage clash at Mohali on Wednesday.While the mass prayers are being held, public screenings in cricket stadiums, cinema houses and even in prisons are being organised.The religious scholars and ulemas have got behind the team, with around 5000 students of the well known Jamia Binnoria seminary holding special collective prayers for the success of the Pakistan team in Karachi on Tuesday.”We have had Quran Khawani and collective prayers to wish the team well. The Ulemas and our students, like the rest of the country, also want the team to do well,” a spokesman for the seminary said.Religious seminaries have usually kept a distance from cricket and have never encouraged their students to take part in cricket activities but this time the spokesman said it’s different.”Our students which include foreigners are so keen about the match. We feel it is important to support the Pakistan team in their match against India,” he added.Even in the Central jail and the Malir jail in Karachi, special arrangements have been made by the prison authorities to allow prisoners to watch the match.advertisement”In Malir Jail, we have around 200 Indian prisoners and we are making arrangements to show them the match on a big screen,” IG prison, Ghulam Qadir said.There is no cable service available for the prisoners at the Central jail but for Wednesday’s match, changes have been made.”I have never seen the people keyed up so much for even an Indo-Pak match before. It is amazing the interest this game has generated,” former Test captain Zaheer Abbas told PTI.The Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced that it is holding a special screening of the semi-final at the Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday under floodlights on the directives of the government.”We have made this arrangement keeping in mind the immense interest of the people and it will be a great experience and opportunity for the people to support their team in a stadium,” a board official said.The PCB said entry into the stadium would be free and permission was also being given to organizers to arrange similar live screenings at other stadiums under the control of the Board in other cities. The Gaddafi stadium has a seating capacity of around 35,000 people.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

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