The weekend has doubled the excitement of cricket lovers as they would be free to enjoy the two archrivals in action a Super Eights match. Since no international cricket match has been held in Pakistan since the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, citizens have made arrangements to watch the match in large gatherings in parks, public places, cinemas and restaurants.
Multimedia projectors, LCDs and LED TVs would be placed at hotels, shopping malls, public parks and even on roads to air live coverage of the match.
Screening of the match has been planned at Falcon Complex, Hotel Maisonette, Royal Palm, Mall of Lahore, MEC Bedian Road, Sozo World, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, National Park and Bagh-e-Jinnah. The price of tickets for these venues ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 1,200, depending on the quality of screen and refreshments on offer.
Besides public places, people have also arranged screening of the match at their houses.
A number of citizens expressed their good wishes for the national cricket team.
Adeel, a university student, said that he had cancelled all his activities just to watch the “battle of cricket” between Pakistan and India. He said he did not want to miss the action “no matter which team wins today”.
Adeel said that he and his friends had planned to place an LCD in their street and invited more than 40 people to join them.
“We have also arranged snacks, cold drinks and ice cream for our friends in order to match the ‘enjoyment package’ being offered by cinemas and restaurants.”
Sadia, a housewife, said that although she was not a big fan of cricket, she could not miss an India-Pakistan clash.
“I love to watch dramas on TV but I forget them whenever there is a match between the two archrivals,” she said. “I will also finish cooking and all other stuff half-an-hour before the match starts so that I don’t miss a single ball.”
Muhammad Ali, 68, said that he has watched several matches between Pakistan and India but he waits for an encounter between them with the same excitement and enthusiasm. Saleh, who has arranged screening of the match on Bedian Road, said more than 600 people could gather at his place, adding that 500 tickets had been sold by Saturday evening.
He said cricket lovers would also be served refreshments during the match.
By GEO NEWS Lahore, Pakistan