LAHORE – The top representative of Pakistan's cricket governing body has commended the people of India for hosting the country's World Cup team, saying Pakistani players have always been welcomed warmly in the neighbouring nation.
After a seven-year hiatus, Pakistan's national cricket team landed in India on Wednesday to take part in the forthcoming ODI competition, which will also feature teams from other cricket-playing nations.
For more than 10 years ago, the two South Asian governments have not competed in a bilateral cricket series against one another due to political tensions. The two sides have only met in world cricket tournaments at neutral sites.
In 2016, when Shahid Khan Afridi served as the green shirts' T20 World Cup captain, Pakistan last played cricket on Indian soil.
The "fantastic reception" given to his nation's men's cricket team in India, according to Zaka Ashraf, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, demonstrated how much the citizens of both states adored each other's athletes.
He was reported as stating in a PCB release, "Whenever India and Pakistan go onto the cricket pitch, they emerge as traditional rivals but not as foes.
Ashraf expressed the wish that Pakistani cricketers would experience the same love throughout the competition and that Indian supporters would see their greatest play.
The senior PCB official claimed that cricket has always served as a means of communication between the two countries and that supporters on both sides of the border continued to support players from both countries.
"He expressed his desire for the restoration of bilateral cricketing relations between the two countries, allowing millions of cricket fans from both nations the opportunity to watch these players perform live," the PCB statement read.
He hoped that the Indian cricket team will visit Pakistan soon so that the Pakistani people could return the kindness and compassion that the Indians had given to the Pakistani cricket team.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|