In an interview for the ECB Match Programme prior to their MCC Spirit of Cricket Home Series against Australia, Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi has asked for the local Pakistan support in England to make his side feel like they really are playing at home.
How do you see your role?
As a leader, a senior player helping to pull the team together. I think when you do the job sincerely, results take care of themselves. My role, together with our other senior figures, is to help guide the new players.
I know my job, the coach knows his and the players know theirs. We’ll put up a combined effort to lift the team. It is absolutely vital for Pakistan cricket that we do that.
Do the team have a point to prove here, in front of some fervent support?
There is no substitute for playing games at home, but that’s not possible at the moment, so we have to rely on the support of our people living in England. I hope they come and support us like they did in the ICC World Twenty20 last year. That was overwhelming.
Does it feel strange to have a ‘home’ series away from home?
We’re becoming more used to it. In a way it will be strange, but if Pakistani people come in big numbers, it won’t be so strange.
Do you enjoy playing here (in England) ?
I’ve always liked England. The conditions here are very challenging and test your qualities. The crowd’s support is always decent; they know the game and how to appreciate a good shot, a good ball and good fielding. It’s a lovely place to play.
Pakistan can still produce magical performances from nowhere. How do you explain this unpredictability ?
Once you start winning, your confidence increases and you tend to repeat good performances.
Since making these comments Pakistan have won both of the t20 international matches against Australia and with tickets for the 2nd MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Match at Headingley Carnegie starting from just £30 for adults and £15 for children now is a great time to obtain your tickets and see if they can continue on this winning run.
Buy 4 tickets and get a 5th free
To celebrate the start of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Series this week between Pakistan and Australia, Yorkshire CCC have introduced a special offer for Groups coming to the Test Match at Headingley Carnegie. Any group which buys 4 tickets for any single day of the Test Match will get a 5th ticket free of charge.
This offer is only available until Monday 19th July so buy and avoid the queues to buy tickets on match days.
Other ways in which people can buy tickets include;
Call the Yorkshire CCC Ticket Office on 0871-971-1222 or visit us in person at St Michael’s Lane, Leeds, LS6 3BU
Or visit any of our other ticket sales locations around Yorkshire which include;
• Bradford Tourist Information Centre, City Hall, Bradford
• Leeds Visitor Information Centre, Station Arcade, Leeds
• Bradford Bulls RFLC Ticket Office, Odsal Stadium, Bradford
• Solly Sports, Savile Road, Dewsbury
• Bombay Stores, Shearbridge Road, Bradford
Ticket Refunds – Buy with confidence
For those who have not attended an international cricket match before please note that in the event that less than 10 overs of play take place on any day of the match due to adverse weather or the match having already finished, the customer will receive a full refund of their ticket price. In the event that between 10.1 and 24.5 overs take place then the customer will receive a 50% refund of their ticket value.
Therefore buy with confidence now and avoid the queues on matchdays.