Australia and NZ HCs wish Pakistan best of luck for World Cup 2015

Islamabad  – On the eve of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners for Pakistan, have conveyed their best wishes for Pakistan cricket team ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2015.

The World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, begins on 14 February.

The Australian High Commission has also put together a CWC 2015 Fixtures Guide to share his world cup excitement with the cricket fans who would be following the matches in Pakistan. The guide includes a section on Pakistan’s CWC matches, the full schedule of CWC games (in Pakistan time) and information on the CWC 2015 host cities in Australia and New Zealand.

Australian HC in Pakistan Mr. Peter HeywardAustralian High Commissioner Peter Heyward in Pakistan said in his message: “Pakistan and Australia’s shared passion for cricket has been abundantly clear to me in my time as High Commissioner”. Professing his love for cricket, the High Commissioner said ” I have valued and enjoyed my interaction with the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistani team.”

Referring to the Pakistan’s victory in the 1992 World Cup under Imran Khan’s captaincy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Mr. Peter Heyward reminded that the final match will again be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cheering Pakistan cricket fans and sharing his optimism, Mr.  Heyward said: “Maybe history will repeat itself and Pakistan will feature again, though hopefully this time around Australia will be there too! We did meet in the 1999 final, one of the four times Australia has won the Cup.”

“Whatever the outcome, we are in for a feast of cricket. I know many Pakistanis will be there in person and experience directly the warmth and hospitality of Australians and the beauty of Australia” said the High Commissioner  expressing his excitement for the Cricket World Cup.


New Zealand High Commissioner for Pakistan wishes Pakistan cricket team best of luck

HE Mr. Eamonn O’Shaughnessy, New Zealand High Commissioner for Pakistan and Ambassador to Iran, in his message also wished Pakistan team best of luck. Sharing his excitement, Mr. Eamonn remarked that “No Kiwi cricket fan has forgotten the excitement of 1992 when the Cricket World Cup first visited these shores. For many Kiwis it really seemed that 1992 was going to be “our year” until a 22 year old prodigy named Inzamamul Haq and a wily veteran named Javed Miandad stepped in to burst our dreams!”

New Zealand High Commissioner sharing his memories said that “All of Pakistan (including my wife’s family) have very fond memories of the 1992 World Cup and the tremendous achievement of Imran Khan and his team in securing the country’s first ever World Cup success.” Wishing Pakistan team good luck, he said: “I wish Pakistan the very best of luck and hope that we might meet in the final (albeit with a slightly different result to that of 1992!)”

Sana Jamal
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