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“New Zealand players were crying” – Inzamam recalls 2002 Karachi terror attack

Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has recalled the 2002 terror attack in Karachi that claimed at least 14 lives and suspended New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan.

Even though international cricket has resumed in the country over the last year or so, it didn’t come before Pakistan endured a long wait by playing most of their games on neutral venues. Several nations had refused to play international cricket on Pakistan soil due to security concerns. Legendary Pakistani batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, who remained Pakistan’s go-to man throughout his career recalled the 2002 tour of New Zealand that was cut short after a terror attack in Karachi.

Inzi was an important member in the national side back then which was led by pacer Waqar Younis-led side. He was among the star performers in the series opener between the two sides. New Zealand led by Stephen Fleming were humbled by the hosts in the first Test played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. While Imran Nazir scored a stunning century, Inzamam emerged as the record-breaker for the Pakistani side with a sensational triple century.

Inzamam scored 329 off 436 balls to help Pakistan thrash the Black Caps in the first Test. Reminiscing his memorable triple ton on his YouTube, Inzamam also recounted the devastating terror attack that took place in Karachi.

“None of the players got injured but that was a scary day. My room was on the side where the impact of the blast took place. Thankfully I wasn’t in the room as the glass on the windows pander broke and hit the wall on the opposite side,” Inzamam told his viewers on YouTube.

Inzamam had hit a purple patch for the hosts during the series and players were about to leave for a tour to the ground when the blast took place. “We were just about to leave for the ground when the incident took place. Players were mostly leaving for breakfast. I heard something but couldn’t understand what had happened. All the curtains and window panes had broken. I asked a guard and he told me there was a bomb blast,” the former Pakistan skipper added.

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