KARACHI: (Shadesofgalaxy) The National Stadium could not be filled for the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi even as free passes were given to students to watch the match.
At the start of the first ODI played in Karachi, the crowd was not more than 3,000, but as the evening wore on, the number reached close to 10,000.
PCB issued free passes to students of educational institutions around the stadium, special children and individuals also got admission.
Spectators heading to the stadium in the evening brought warm clothes. As usual tight security arrangements were made for the match, spectators complained of lack of rooms on the road, worried.
Spectators also brought posters and banners with various slogans, youth chanted in groups and chanted for Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shaan Masood to be included in the team.
During the batting of the Pakistan cricket team, the spectators continued to captivate the beautiful sky by lighting the flashlights of the cell phones. During the match, the spectators reached the food stalls, but the citizens complained that they were too many.
Sindh Governor Kamran Tesori also reached the National Stadium to watch the match, PCB Management Committee members Shakeel Shaikh and Nauman Butt visited the National Stadium for the first time after assuming their new responsibilities.
Former CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Director General of ICC Wasim Khan also reached the stadium to watch the match.