Impressive ceremony opens Pak-India T20 match


Kolkata—An impressive ceremony opened the much-awaited World Twenty20 match between Pakistan and India here at Eden Gardens.
The ceremony saw presence of former cricket stalwarts Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Sunil Gawaskar, Sachin Tandulkar, film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan besides Chief Minister of Indian Bengal, Mamata Benerjee.
Speaking on the occasion, Imran Khan said: “On behalf of Pakistan cricket team I wan to thank the people of Kolkata for the warm welcome and great reception you’ve given us.”
“I hope it’s a great game today. I hope the result will be the same as when I last played for Pakistan in this ground,” he said smilingly.
Amitabh Bachchan wished all the very best to the teams and hoped the best team wins today’s match.
Sachin Tendulkar said the match between Pakistan and India is always very thrilling and hoped today’s match will also be exciting.
Earlier, the Pakistani and Indian guests were presented bouquets and gifts by the Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Benerjee.
Later, singer Shafqat Amanat Ali sang Pakistan’s national anthem while the Indian anthem was sung by Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bhachchan.—AFP

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