Cricket lovers were waiting for last many months to see some international matches to be played in Pakistan. Due to security reasons, since long ago none of the Cricket teams had visited Pakistan and our stadia were empty of any game.
In January, Sri lanka agreed to play 3 ODI series in Pakistan. On their request, it was decided that first two matches would be played in Karachi on 20th and 21st of January, whereas final (3rd) match was awarded to Lahore. In all three matches Sri Lanka batted first and Pakistan had to follow the scores.
Pakistani cricketers were expected to come up to the expectations of their fans, who came to the grounds for watching them in action. Pakistan won the forst match in Karachi by 8 wickets following the 220 runs target.
Second match was played on 21st of January. This tim Sri Lankan team played well and gave a target of 291 runs. Ou team could score only 161 and lost the match. In Lahore, on 24th, Pakistan played its worst innings and scored just 75 runs while chasing a huge target of 309. This brought us a defeat by 234 runs, which is shameful. Sri Lanka won the series by 2-1.
After the series Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has replaced the skipper Shoaib malik. Younis Khan is appointed as new skipper of the team. However I am amazed that once again no action has been taken against Shahid Afridi, who scored 14 in the second and 0 in the third ODI. Luckily he could not bat in the first one. Its upmost necessary to get rid of such players who are a burdon on our team.