The PSL mania has apparently reached the stars ever since Karachi is ready to host the remaining matches. Cricket fanatics from all over the country are gearing up to see their favourite teams and players perform in one of the most thrilling series the world of sports has to offer.
Moreover, the arrival of international cricket stars to Pakistan has really heightened the excitement, especially with Shane Watson visiting the country after 14 years post a series of speculations and doubtful proclamations.
Now that it has all set into motion, fans and celebrities alike are expressing their delight on Twitter, and are welcoming the cricketers wholeheartedly. The ongoing phenomenon has coined the hashtag #CricketComesHome, and let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
Mahira Khan expressed her eagerness to watch the remaining matches on Pakistani grounds, while welcoming all international cricketers to her city.
So happy to welcome all the international cricketers to my city Karachi 🙏🏼
Can’t wait to watch cricket on Pakistani grounds. Let the games begin! 🇵🇰🇵🇰#HBLPSL #CricketComesHome pic.twitter.com/jg3ifvAeXC
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) March 7, 2019
With Wasim Akram actively contributing as the president of Karachi Kings, his wife Shaniera Akram also penned a heartfelt tweet in which she welcomed all international cricket stars and emphasized how big of a deal it is for Pakistan.
Today some of the worlds top cricketers step on to our soil,not just to play cricket but to show the world that Pakistan is worth it!They know playing cricket with us is so much more than just a game, it’s a huge contribution to our country’s future. #WeThankYou #CricketComesHome
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) March 7, 2019
Farhan Saeed also vigorously participated in the hashtag, wishing the players well and recommending our great cuisine.
A big warm welcome to all the international cricketers to Pakistan, thank you for coming! I promise you , you won't be disappointed.
Have a great time playing to packed stadiums, have our great cuisine and party hard.
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) March 7, 2019
We also have Humayun Saeed illuminating how it was once considered an impossible task to have such prominent personalities playing on Pakistani soil, adding the term #ThisIsJustTheBeginning.
Sanam Baloch also shared her best wishes for the teams, while sharing a picture of the newly lit city.
— Sanam Baloch (@SanamBalochfans) March 7, 2019
Hareem Farooq and Bilal Ashraf also couldn’t resist sharing their enthusiasm.
— Hareem Farooq (@FarooqHareem) March 7, 2019
— Bilal Ashraf (@IamBilalAshraf) March 7, 2019
On the other hand, local cricketers themselves are just as excited to head home and play in their country alongside international player. Islamabad United stars Zafar Gohar and Wayne Parnell shared a selfie showing how excited they are.
— Zafar Gohar (@iamzafargohar) March 7, 2019
Shadab Khan is looking forward to showing the world how much Pakistanis adore cricket.
Here we come Karachi. Cricket is coming back home through @thePSLt20. All @IsbUnited foreign players are coming to Pakistan. Let’s show the world how much we love cricket. #UnitedWeWin pic.twitter.com/4D9FLrEN8L
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) March 7, 2019
Following the end of the UAE leg, Shoaib Malik is now all ready to hear the loudest cheers from the National Stadium in Karachi.
In addition to that, Hassan Khan stated how it would’ve been amazing to play in Lahore, but still hopes to see Lahore Qalandars supporters in the Karachi crowd.
Enroute KARACHI! Really excited to play in front of my home crowd! It would have been really amazing to play in lahore though but I hope we see some @lahoreqalandars supporters in National Stadium! #CricketComesHome #DamaDamMast #HBLPSL
— Hassan Khan (@16hassankhan) March 7, 2019
All in all, PSL has proved to be a major binding force for the whole nation, despite their insignificant differences. And the advent of international cricket has once again opened doors for some great opportunities on a global level. With that said, keep your hopes up and root for your team as the matches kick off today in the National Stadium Karachi.