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Cricket can’t be kept away from Pakistan: Wasim Akram

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Former Pakistan captain the legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram said that the zeal and zest shown by the crowd during Zimbabwe series proves that Pakistanis can’t help living without cricket.

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While talking to journalists during the presentation ceremony of the Masters Champions League (MCL) featuring all the iconic players across the world, is planned to be kicked off in February 2016.

At being asked about the blast during the second ODI outside Gaddafi stadium, Wasim said: ‘I only hope that it will not prevent teams from visiting Pakistan. Everything went smoothly apart from that one incident and that too is not concrete and nobody knows what really happened in that particular incident.’

He was of the view that it is noteworthy that all five games of the series were packed though it was 48 degrees hot. ‘People were queuing up three to four hours before the game and the whole country watched every ball,’ he added.

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He views it as the passion for the game that Pakistanis have and cricket can’t be kept away from Pakistan.

He also said that this was the first step taken by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to revive cricket in Pakistan and so well done to PCB and thanks to Zimbabwe.

Viewing about MCL, the king of swing said: “It will be fun and exciting. We are all looking forward to it something very different and which I thought will never happen. Frankly, I never thought I would be asked to come and play a game again, although cricket is the only thing we know.”

Appreciating this new venture in game, Wasim said that the idea of staging MCL is very good as there are only a few who are lucky at getting jobs as commentators or coaches after retirement and the rest are struggling. ‘The idea of this tournament is to help these guys come back and earn some money and play the sport they always loved,’ he added.

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