Here's How Pakistanis Who Couldn’t Make It To Qaddafi Stadium Watched The PSL Final

By Haadia Paracha | 6 Mar, 2017

Someone wise once deemed cricket as the largest religion in the sub-continent and boy, could they have been more spot on. There is absolutely nothing else that compares to the fandom, the anticipation and the connection Pakistanis feel with cricket. The sport quite frankly somehow even directly serves as a litmus test to show how truly patriotic you are. Having said that, it’s almost natural that everyone was looking forward to the Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi PSL final contest at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore. With the arrangements being made in the nick of time, barring the recent turn of events, we must laud the utter fearlessness fans displayed.

 

We’ve all seen beautiful images of Qaddafi Stadium:

And the fans that gathered to spread the messages of hope and peace:

 

Let us now go through some sights and sounds all across Pakistan:

Akbar Bugti Stadium in Quetta packed to the brim for their second final in a row was a sight for sore eyes.

Source: @VofBalochistan Via: Twitter

Cricket enthusiasts rushed to the stadium to support the budding local talent and the underdogs of the series.

Source: @VofBalochistan Via: Twitter

 

One can almost feel the energy:

 

Hayatabad Sports Complex in Peshawar attracted hoards of cricket fanatics, ready to dance bust into attan with every boundary.

Source: @toxic_game Via: Twitter

 

The sheer numbers bear witness to the magnetism the sport has amongst locals.

 

And of course, what went on after Peshawar Zalmi’s incredible win.

There were privates screenings all over the country.

 

Ranging from outdoor spaces in Karachi:

To restaurants in Hyderabad:

Source: @asfar_syed Via: Twitter

 

To colleges and hostels that wanted to make the experience all the more enjoyable for students who weren’t able to make it to the final:

 

And then, there were students abroad who got together in fives and tens and fifteens and hundreds to support their local favorites.

Kyunkay asal maza tou apnon mein hee aata hai.

 

So high was the anticipation, that some resorted to watching it in their cars.

At the end of the day, what a win it was indeed.

Made the weeks and weeks of scouring your cellphones for match updates, the drama, the buzz and the excitement all the more worthwhile.

Source: Dawn

Thank you, PSL. Until next time.


Cover image via: Dawn

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