LAHORE - The masses showed great patience and tolerance while entering the Gaddafi Stadium for the second Twenty20 international which helped them easy sailing to the spot to see their heroes live in action.

Due to Sunday, Lahorites started reaching the entry gate at 11 am. The thing worthy to mention here is that there were not only locals present at the spot but masses from Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Karachi, Kasur, Quetta, Rawalpindi, and many other cities were present there waiting for their entry to the stadium to witness the second T20. The bad thing was that most of the fans, who came from other cities, didn’t get tickets outside the stadium which they were expecting would be available at booths outside the stadium. But to their utter disappointment, many of them were unable to get tickets and many got tickets on very high rates as some people were getting benefits of the situation and selling the tickets very costly.

Talking to this scribe, M Abdullah, who was graduation student and came from Gujranwala, said that he was very disappointed due to non-availability of tickets. “I came here in Lahore with great zeal and zest with the hope that I would watch the second T20I live from Stadium. But non-availability of tickets made me gloomy and I want to weep loudly. If someone sells me ticket on double prize, I will prefer to buy immediately. But, unfortunately, I didn’t get yet and if I go home without watching the match, I will never come to see any match live again.”

Another cricket fan M Ali, a post graduate student and a semi-professional from Karachi, told this scribe that he had craze of cricket for which he had travelled long to watch the match live. “I am very happy to be here and thank God, I have bought tickets from a website (daraz.pk) and saved myself from any disappointment. I will enjoy the match and also support my team enthusiastically.” Wherever one sees, young, old, kids, ladies, all were in queues to enter the Gaddafi Stadium. The number of ladies coming to witness the second T20 was really appreciable, as they were more in number then men. Mrs Hira, a housewife with her family, said: “We are here to welcome revival of cricket and also to support our team.”

The organisers have also opened up national training and coaching centre doors apart from allowing entry from FIFA Football House for the smooth flow of spectators into the Gaddafi Stadium. The enclosures of the stadium were opened for general public at around 3 pm and within two hours the stands were nearly filled.

The students were also seen in great number at various enclosures. Talking to this scribe, they urged the PCB to invite more teams to Pakistan and also thanked Zimbabwe board for sending their team to Pakistan. “Our presence at the stadium is a message to the whole world that we are a cricket loving people and a generous hosts and hope Zimbabwe team will return home with a very positive message,” said FSc student Yashal Mazhar. The stadium, as usual, was filled with enthusiastic fans who cheered the national team as well as the guest team for each and every ball and kept on chanted slogans ‘Pakistan Zindabad, Jeetay ga bai jeetay ga Pakistan jeetay ga.” Overall, the arrangements for the second T20 remained quite satisfactory.