Ahead of the upcoming limited-overs series against England, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam shared an emotional message for the ‘Men in Green’ supporters all around the globe. Both teams will face each other in three ODIs and as many T20Is, starting July 8.
“My dear cricket fans, I hope you are doing fine. Players and fans have a great relationship and they are nothing without each other. This relationship is getting stronger with each passing day. Fans are also special for Pakistan cricket who stand by them during good and bad times.
“They cheer on our win and give us confidence when we lose. This is their identity. When we talk about Pakistani people present in the United Kingdom we can’t express their support in words. After Pakistan, we have the biggest fan base in the UK,” Babar Azam said in a video uploaded on YouTube.
The 26-year-old also opined how excited the team is to get to play in front of crowds against England. Notably, Pakistan had visited England for three Tests and as many T20Is last year as well, but the games were played behind closed doors.
“Whenever we come to England, cheering fans are present to show their support at the airport and from the hotel to the ground. We have just reached England a few hours ago and are currently undergoing quarantine. But we have started to receive messages on social media from people residing over here,” he added.
“We are very excited as on our last tour we missed them coming to the grounds. This time they will be on the ground to support us. You should also support us from home by watching us on television and through social media. We will not disappoint you. We have come here with the spirit to win and will come home as winners. Pakistan Zindabad!”
Pakistan also have a tour of the West Indies lined up after this series. England, on the other hand, are gearing up for a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, having already clean-swept the visitors in the three-match T20I series.