MIRANSHAH, 21 September: Following restoration of peace in North Waziristan Agency, the Pakistan Army has organised a Twenty20 international cricket match between Pakistan Eleven and UK Eleven at Younis Khan Cricket Stadium, Miranshah, the first ever international match in FATA history.
UK Eleven after winning the toss decided to field first. Pakistan Eleven have given a huge target of 254 runs to UK Eleven due to brilliant batting of Shahid Khan Afridi.
Earlier, Shahid Afridi received a rousing welcome from the people at the stadium and an Athanr dance was also organised on the occasion to welcome the visiting cricketers.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor, Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt, tribal elders, youth, students and other people have come to the stadium to watch the match.
A large number of people had to leave North Waziristan after initiation of military operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants. Most of displaced people have returned to North Waziristan after conclusion of the operation and return of peace to the area.
The local people expressed happiness over organising the international cricket match in North Waziristan. They said the match will give a message to the world that peace has been restored in FATA.
Pakistani stars Inzamamul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umer Gul, Mushtaq Ahmed, Riaz Afridi and Wajhatullah Wasti are playing in the match. The UK team is part of an 18-member group of journalists, lawyers, businessmen and academics.