New Delhi: Pakistan cricket is set to start a new chapter when Babar Azam-led Men in Green will lock horns with Australia for the third Test of the ongoing Australia vs Pakistan Test series. Pakistan’s Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host an international Test match after a long gap of 13 years.
Ahead of the historic occasion, Pakistan’s legendary pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar took to social media to post an emotional throwback clip from 2006, the year of his last Test appearance in Gaddafi stadium. Akhtar shares a video of his interview with the late Dean Jones during the Test match.
The ex-Pakistan speedster captioned the post, “I think this was the last Test Match i played at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore in 2006. So good to see Test Cricket returning to good old Gaddafi after that fateful March morning in 2009. It took 13 years.”
Akhtar also recalled the ‘fateful March morning in 2009’. It was on this day when the Sri Lanka cricket team bus, touring Pakistan, was attacked by terrorists on its way to Lahore stadium. Since then, for many years, countries have refused to visit Pakistan for security reasons.
I think this was the last Test Match i played at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore in 2006.
So good to see Test Cricket returning to good old Gaddafi after that fateful March morning in 2009. It took 13 years. pic.twitter.com/vKGsWmkbJl
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 20, 2022
Akhtar, popularly known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, still holds the world record of bowling the fastest ball ever in international cricket at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. He became the world’s fastest bowler by bowling a 161.3 km/hr (100.2 mph) delivery against England in a 2003 Cricket World Cup ODI game at South Africa’s Cape Town.