Chris Jordan believes audiences in Karachi will be “overjoyed” to see England play on Pakistani soil for the first time in 17 years.
England faced Pakistan in the first of their seven Twenty20 matches, as part of the country’s return to the international stage since a decade-long absence following the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus came to an end. 2005, however, is currently in place and will be greeted by a crowd of 35,000 spectators at Karachi’s National Stadium on Tuesday.
While a broken finger means he’ll be watching from afar, Jordan knows better than most what to expect. Returning home for the Pakistan Super League 2017 final for the first time, he and Dawid Malan agreed to travel with Peshawar Zalmi, while other overseas players including Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and current England Test coach Brendon McCullum opted for the ride. outside. The Marine has since returned to play in three more editions of the tournament and is confident that England’s presence in Pakistan represents a big moment for the nation.
“Men should expect a very warm welcome, the fans out there will be delighted to see some of the stars they’ve seen so far from afar,” said Jordan. “In Pakistan, they have been looking forward to this day for some time. It should be noisy and have a great atmosphere. There his passion for cricket burns deeply.
“It is important for Pakistani players to represent their country in their own country and it is very important to support them. Players should feel responsible for supporting their colleagues; we all live as people trying to do that in a world that sometimes doesn’t always make sense. Cricket is no different in this respect, it’s important to have a chance to go and experience something else that can boost the game of cricket as a whole.”
Jordan should be available in time to join England’s squad for next month’s tour of Australia. “I’m following well, it’s been about four weeks since the injury and the splint comes off in a few days,” said the 33-year-old player. “Then it’s about moving in the joint, leaving the ball for good. In the meantime, I’m finishing my strength work so I don’t get too far behind when I come back.”
England’s Test team will travel to Pakistan in December for a three-game series.