Gwadar stadium appears on world cricket stage
UK envoy leads toss, supervises match between Gwadar Dolphins and Showbiz Sharks
Gwadar Cricket Stadium, being dubbed as the "world's most beautiful cricket stadium" by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, held an exhibition match on Friday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The toss for the match was officiated by British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner who later also supervised the match as an umpire.
The match was played between Gwadar Dolphins, captained by PM's aide Zulfiqar Bukhari and Showbiz Sharks, which was led by Pakistan Cricket Board's Chief Executive Wasim Khan. The Gwadar Dolphins won the toss and chose to bowl.
Showbiz stars including Fakhr-i-Alam, Ali Zafar and Aijaaz Aslam also participated in the match.
The match was won by Showbiz Sharks.
The exhibition match was dedicated to mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara, who was recently declared dead more than a week after he went missing on K2 during an expedition along with two other climbers. The players also offered a prayer for the celebrated mountaineer before the match started.
Throughout the match, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD' Twitter account posted pictures of the scenic stadium with the hashtag #CricketAtGwadar.
Speaking on the occasion, Christian Turner said “Pakistan-UK relations are very strong and cricket is in their blood. Gwadar Cricket Stadium is the world’s most beautiful cricket ground. I hope English cricket team will one day play a match on this ground. Pakistan-UK friendship Zindabad.”