President of the Pakistan Cricket Board and Asian Cricket Council, Shahryar M. Khan speaking exclusively to Nation group of papers stated that the match played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Champions Trophy on June 12 was the friendliest encounter that he had ever witnessed, regardless of its outcome.
The 83-year-old former diplomat added that he was highly impressed by the exemplary friendliness displayed at the game by both teams.
He further said that Pakistan had participated in a foreign tour after eight-long years, and therefore it was a decisive tournament for the team.
“This tournament allowed Pakistani cricketers to interact with their own fans who do not have the luxury of witnessing their heroes play in their own country. It further helped to enhance Pakistan’s image, when we are seeking to attract other test playing nations to play in Pakistan,” he said.
It should be noted that the last time Pakistan tasted success in an ICC tournament was when they won the World Cup in 1992 beating England in the finals.
The team was then led by legendary pacer Imran Khan and included young guns including Wasim Akram and Inzamam Ul-Haq.
Speaking about Imran Khan, he said that Imran had done a lot to Pakistan cricket and had given the much needed push to the country’s image by leading his team to a historic win at the 1992 World Cup.