High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, hosted a reception in honor of the Pakistan Cricket Team at Pakistan House, London on 3 July 2019. The team is visiting the UK to participate in the World Cup 2019.
In his welcome remarks, Nafees Zakaria said that the cricket team enjoys immense popularity, not only among the Diaspora, but also the British cricket fans which was manifested by the presence of a large number of distinguished people, including the Secretary General Commonwealth, British Pakistani Parliamentarians, Diplomats, British Government’s senior officials belonging to FCO and Defence Forces, Members of civil society and Diaspora members of various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
He appreciated the performance of cricket team, especially the latest winning streak against the top teams. He expressed hope that they would continue to excel in their performance. Cricket is a game of peace which brings people together and is a source of happiness and entertainment, he added.
Chairman PCB, Ehsan Mani, on the occasion, thanked the High Commissioner for hosting the team. He said that it has been a very competitive tournament with outstanding quality of cricket. He highlighted that Pakistan has some very exciting players which augurs well for the future of cricket in Pakistan. It would be his endeavor to bring international cricket back to Pakistan, he underlined.
The Cricket Team intermingled with their fans and admirers including the dignitaries at the gathering, which filled their fans with joy.