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Pakistan vs World XI: Desperate barber offers free haircuts for T20 match ticket

Pakistan cricket team’s three-T20 series against World XI has garnered huge interest among fans. So much so, that a man in Bahawalpur has offered free haircuts for one year to anybody who could get him a ticket to watch a match.

cricket Updated: Sep 14, 2017 22:42 IST
HT Correspondent
Pakistan cricket team’s three-T20 series against World XI has garnered big interest among fans.
Pakistan cricket team’s three-T20 series against World XI has garnered big interest among fans.(Twitter/ICC )

Pakistan cricket team’s ongoing Independence Cup at home against World XI is being described as a landmark moment. Organisers are highlighting the fact that the three-T20 series marks the return of international cricket in Pakistan, after a gap of eight long years. (PAK vs WXI Live Streaming Info)

Except Zimbabwe in 2015, no international team has toured Pakistan after a Sri Lankan cricket team bus came under a terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009, as several players sustained injuries including Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayarwardene and Thilan Samaraweera.

(Read | Pakistan vs World XI: Hashim Amla, Thisara Perera help WXI seal thriller, level series)

So, as the ray of hope for cricket to return to Pakistan brightens, the excitement among fans in the cricket-crazy nation is getting higher. The demands for match tickets are also high among fans.

(Read | International Cricket Council backs return of international cricket to Pakistan)

So much has been the craze that a Twitter user has claimed that a man in Bahawalpur is offering free haircuts for one year for anybody who could get him a ticket to watch the Pakistan vs World XI series.

Here are some of the best reactions to the above tweet:

Currently, the three-T20 series is level at 1-1. Pakistan won the series opener against World XI by 20 runs, courtesy a quick-fire 86 by Babar Azam. Faf du Plessis-led World XI won the second match by seven wickets, with the final game set to take place in Lahore on Friday.

(Read | West Indies face tough World Cup challenge after Ireland washout)

Most of the current Pakistan players don’t have any experience of playing international cricket at home, since they have had to play all their ‘home series’ in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Fans have been clamouring for the return of international cricket since March after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League and finally, they’ve got what they want. Pakistan is also set to host the West Indies in a short three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore at the end of November this year, a top Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed.