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Watch: Sarfaraz, Haris Rauf and Shan Masood Get Emotional as Cricket Resumes in Pakistan

When the country’s premier 20-over specialists take to the field in Multan and Rawalpindi for the high-profile National T20 Cup from September 30 to October 18, PTV Sports will be the main platform to catch all live after the participants’ health and safety forced the Pakistan Cricket Board to stage the tournament behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, 3 of Pakistan’s top International stars in Haris Rauf, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shan Masood shared a few words ahead of the upcoming domesitc tournament.

“Fast bowlers, in particular, enjoy the crowds more as their voice and noise when they run into bowl motivates them to bowl faster. I will miss that part in the National T20 Cup, but hopefully their backing in the lead up matches through positive and supportive social media activations will give me that extra energy that will help me to contribute in my side’s title defence.

I am keenly looking forward to this competition as it will allow me to catch-up with my old mates whom I have not met for a long time due to Covid-19 restrictions. There is a lot to talk and listen, and I look forward to spending valuable time outside cricket with them.” said Haris Rauf

Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Sindh Captain said:

“We will badly miss the fans but at the same time I have complete faith that they will support the players and the event offsite so that they can continue to play their pivotal role in cricket promotion.

When I will walk on to the field, besides the task in hand, I will like to remember days when I played matches before full houses and the fans right behind me. This will be my motivation as I can never detach myself from the fans who have contributed in what I am today.

I want the younger generation especially to follow the tournament but not at the cost of their education as academic institutions have just opened after a long closure and at no stage they should sacrifice their studies. Cricket and education can co-exist; it is all about striking the right balance.”

Shan Masood, who will lead Southern Punjab, said:

“The best part about cricket coming back home was to play in front of our supportive and knowledgeable people, but sadly with the Covid-19 situation that won’t be the case for the National T20 Cup and we are going to miss their lively presence.

The fans’ backing is always invaluable to us and although they can’t be physically present at the venues, mainly due to their health and safety, I urge them to keep supporting all the competitors and the event by following the proceedings through television, live-streaming, mainstream media or the social media. As always, the fans’ support and backing is much appreciated.”

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