Well folks it is time. The biggest battle in the game of cricket is about to begin. The 14 competitors have all pulled up their socks to claim the throne and being crowned the undisputed champions of the world. Cricket World Cup in its own manner is arguably one of the most popular events in the world especially in the subcontinent. As we all know that India will enter this world cup as the defending champion and will start their campaign against their arch-nemesis and the most unpredictable team in the world Pakistan. Talking about Pakistan Cricket Team which will be led by Misbah Ul Haq will start with the hopes of clinching the title again like they did back in 1992. The venue is same and the composition of the team is more or less the same with some experience and seasoned campaigners mixed with young blood. So here we are going to present you the list of 10 Things you might want to know about Pepsi’s event about unveiling of official Pakistan cricket team’s world cup jersey 2018. This marvelous event was organized by Pepsi and Jbnjaws.
10. Last Hurrah
No one would ever thought of watching cricket without boom boom Shahid Afridi. He announced his retirement from one day cricket and this world cup will be his last appearance in the big event. I hope he knows that when he will go, the heart of millions of fans will broke as Afridi has been a star and match winning performer for years for almost two decades. Another big name who will have his last laugh in this mega event is Misbah Ul Haq, the captain of Pakistan Cricket Team. Although many would argue on his captaincy tactics but he is indeed the man who has faced all the criticism with brave heart and continued to silence the critics with his performance. Younis Khan the star performer of Pakistan and a fighting player would also probably be playing his last mega tournament as his age suggest that sooner or later he will announce his retirement as well.
9. First Hurrah
This world cup will be the first tournament for the young players like Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Yasir Shah, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed. All these youngsters have proved themselves in all sorts of situation and they just can’t wait to grab this opportunity and proved to the world that Pakistani Soil is full of talented and big match players. Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan will be the two spear-headed pace attack which everyone should watch out. A whole lot of responsibility will be on the shoulders of Sarfaraz Ahmed who has battled his way in the 15 man squad with his blistering performances in 2018.
8. Misbah Ul Haq’s Determination
Misbah Ul Haq has announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the world cups and he has made his mission to grab the big cup in his last strike. He even mentioned in the concise speech in the event that he will do whatever it takes in his power to win the mega event and bring the trophy back in Pakistan. His determination and confidence in the event has lit up the hopes of millions of fans across the country.
7. Bilal Lashari’s Arrival
Still a young blood and probably he has a lot to offer to this country, Bilal Lashari who hit the sky rocket fame with his movie Waar was also there and his participation in the event made the entire show even more fascinating. Unconfirmed sources suggest that he is planning a documentary on Pakistan Cricket Team.
6. The Star Studded Event
Not only the stars from Pakistan Cricket Team were there but also some of the well-known artist from the showbiz industry were also in the event to witness the chilling moment. Superstars like Fawad Afzal Khan, ZQ, Ahmed Butt and others were there to support the men in green.
5. The Unveiling Moment
Well when the time came and the world cup kit was unveiled, everyone stood on their feet and just couldn’t help themselves to enjoy the moment with overwhelming emotions. The kit was similar to the 1992 world cup kit in a lot of ways. Especially the color.
4. Boom Boom Everywhere
When you talk about cricket, the first thing comes in your mind is the ruthless, aggressive and hard hitting player Shahid Afridi. Once again the event saw some of the finest moments that involved Shahid Afridi and his unique ability to garner the attention of the crowd.
3. Selfie Time
Boom Boom Afridi didn’t stopped his entertaining quality as he took a hold of his cell phone, gathered all the team members and capture some of the most memorable pictures. Afridi as always looked confident that this time he will go all the way to capture the cup. Following the footsteps of Afridi, Ahmed Shahzad also took some selfies and quickly posted it on internet as those pictures went viral in no time.
2. The Comedy Speech
Najam Sethi, the renowned journalist and one of the key member of PCB and ICC delivered a patriotic speech but he didn’t knew what was coming. He tried to mention the most popular personality of Pakistan and the brains behind the 1992 world cup win, Imran Khan in a sarcastic and joking manner. He said that Imran Khan was supposed to be here but he is busy in fixing the wrongs of his Dharna, which I must say that it was the most popular ever Dharna in Pakistan and in the world in recent times. The crown responded with heavy boos as he tried to make a joke of the most loving personality in Pakistan. Imran Khan without a doubt is a true champion. Everything he touched has turned into gold. Now all Najam Sethi could do was to finish his speech as soon as he can.
1. Show Stopper
Coming back to the ceremony which was held on January 14 2018 at Royal Palm Lahore which resulted in many memorable moments and of course the top most and show stopping moment was when the official world cup kit of Pakistan Cricket Team was unveiled. Shahid Afridi and Misbah Ul Haq stood right in front of the ramp so as Younis Khan. The rest of the team which includes Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Ehsan Adil and Sarfaraz Ahmad were shining like the stars with their green kit blazing like the one which was donned by Pakistan in 1992. That was the most intriguing and fascinating moment for anyone who possesses a true Pakistani heart.The head coach Waqar Younis and bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed along with the team manager Moin Khan stood beside the team recalling the memories of 1992 world cup victory as the latter two being the part of that squad which was bravely captained by Imran Khan, the true fighter and dare-devil.
One of my friends who told me of this event attended the event and he told me sarcastically the bro, you missed the moment. You should have attended that event.