The iconic Gwadar cricket stadium, today is hosting an exhibition match for the first time. The match is dedicated to the Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara who was declared dead by family on Thursday.
As per media reports, the exhibition match has been organised by singer-song writer/actor/ anchor Fakhr-e-Alam in the lush green stadium of Gwadar amidst the mountains of Balochistan.
Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis in his Tweet said,
Dedicating the 1st ever match at Gwadar Stadium to Pakistan’s son #MuhammadAliSadpara. The match tomorrow will start with a prayer in his memory. This is the beauty of our land, even our loss unites us ..from K2 to Gwadar to Quetta.
The match features two teams Showbiz Sharks against the Gwadar Dolphins. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner presided over the coin toss at the stadium.
Showbiz Sharks is captained by Pakistan Cricket Board PCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Waseem Khan and includes Fakhr-e-Alam, Faysal Qureishi, Ali Zafar, Saleem Sheikh, Aijaz Aslam, Shehzad Roy, Sami Khan, Kamran Jeelani, Salman Saeed, Ali Safina and Noman Habib.
The Gwadar Dolphins, on the other hand, includes local players and politicians including Zulfi Bukhari, Ali Zaidi and GOC Gwadar.