In a remarkable display of sportsmanship and camaraderie, the Pakistan Cricket Board hosted a grand gala dinner at the historic Governor House in Lahore to welcome the cricket teams participating in the ACC Asia Cup 2023. The event was graced by the presence of cricket dignitaries from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, marking a significant moment in the region’s cricketing history.
In attendance was Governor Punjab Mr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman along with officials from Pakistan Cricket Board. In a remarkable gesture of goodwill, a four-member delegation on the invitation of Chairman of the PCB Management Committee Mr Zaka Ashraf from India graced the occasion. The delegation included Mr. Rojer Binny, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and Mr. Rajiv Shukla, Vice-President of BCCI.
Pakistan is hosting the Asia Cup after a gap of 15 years, and this celebratory gathering serves as a testament to the unity and spirit of the cricketing fraternity. The event was hosted by PCB Management Committee Chairman, Mr. Zaka Ashraf, who welcomed the teams and expressed his delight at hosting the prestigious tournament on home soil. He said, “It is with immense enthusiasm that I extend my heartfelt welcome to all the esteemed countries participating in the Asia Cup 2023. It is a great opportunity for Pakistan to showcase its love for cricket and its ability to organise a successful tournament.
“As the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, I am incredibly proud to have this opportunity to invite each and every one of you to experience the unmatched hospitality and camaraderie that our nation has to offer. We are truly honoured to welcome you to this grand celebration of cricket.”
He added: “Pakistan last hosted Asia Cup in 2008 and in the last 15 years the country has seen unprecedented times and this tournament carries significance for our soil. We are prepared for this prestigious tournament that brings all the Asian nations together. It’s not just a tournament but a reason where diverse cultures, languages, and backgrounds converge under the banner of a shared passion for cricket. In this arena, cricket transcends beyond boundaries and becomes a unifying language that connects us all.”
“It’s a moment of pride and excitement for all cricket fans in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Let’s come together and celebrate the spirit of cricket in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.”