ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will be one of the most heavily supported teams when the 2015 Cricket World Cup gets underway in Australia and New Zealand this weekend.
And its fans are hoping the current side can emulate their heroes of 1992, crowned world champions that last time the tournament was held in the two countries.
Pakistani supporter Faisal Shamsi, in Sydney, said cricket was a way of life in Pakistan, the love for the game was embedded in the national identity.
“When we born, we just start playing cricket, cricket is after what you achieve in your life, it’s everything. If you go back to Pakistan, people play cricket everywhere. It’s amazing. This is what we value, cricket in our life.”
Pakistan’s greatest ever cricket triumph came 23 years ago.
Imran Khan led his side to its first and only World Cup title, with Pakistan beating England in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian website `SBS Online’ reported.
Pakistani expatriate Muhammad Asif said it was still one of the proudest moments in his nation’s history.
Pakistani fans are hoping for similar scenes as the tournament returns to Australia’s and New Zealand’s shores.
Pakistani supporter Ali Abid said the clash of the two great rivals will be one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the World Cup.
“It’s unbelievable. There’s just so much excitement. And that game will be the final before the final. I can’t wait for that game.
Trust me, there will be the whole stadium going lot of noise, lot of screaming, and more than 1.4 billion people watching in the sub continent.”
Muhammad Asif says, regardless who wins the trophy, Pakistani fans are just happy to support the game of cricket itself.
Pakistan’s opening Pool B game against India will be played in Adelaide on Sunday.