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Pakistani fans will be ‘thrilled’ to host England, Jordan predicts

Chris Jordan predicts cricket fans in Karachi will be “thrilled” to welcome England on Tuesday when they face off on Pakistani soil for the first time in 17 years.

International fixtures have gradually returned to the country since the end of a decade-long absence following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, with England finally embarking on their own historic journey after canceling a planned visit last year.

The 35,000-capacity National Stadium will be buzzing with excitement as it hosts the first of seven Twenty20s between the teams and, although a fractured finger means he will be watching from afar, Jordan knows better than anyone what expect.

When the Pakistani Super League first returned to home soil for the 2017 final, he and Dawid Malan agreed to travel with Peshawar Zalmi, while other foreign players including Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and l Current England Tests coach Brendon McCullum has withdrawn. .

He has since returned to play in three more editions of the tournament and believes England’s presence will bring a great sense of occasion.

“Guys should expect a very warm welcome, the fans there will be delighted to see some of the stars they’ve only ever seen from afar,” he told the news agency. PA.

“They have been looking forward to this day for quite some time in Pakistan. It should be loud and it should be a good atmosphere. The passion for cricket burns deep there.

Jordan proudly recalls his own decision to play in the PSL final in Lahore five years ago, underscoring the importance of supporting cricket in the region.

“It was an opportunity to get away from it all a bit, to think about Pakistan as a nation and how it has starved international cricket for so long. The itinerary and security details were very well laid out and I was more than happy to hop on a plane and experience something new.

“It’s important for Pakistani players to represent their country at home and it’s super important to support them. Players should feel responsible for supporting their colleagues; we all live as human beings trying to succeed in a world that sometimes doesn’t always make sense.

“Cricket is no different in that regard, any chance you have of going to experience something else that can boost the game of cricket as a whole is significant.”

Jordan is due to join the England squad in Australia and, enabling fitness, is set for a senior role in the pace attack.

“I’m pretty good, it’s been about four weeks since the injury and the brace is coming off within days,” he said.

“Then it’s about getting the joint moving, releasing the ball well. In the meantime, I’m just completing my strength work so I’m not too far behind when I get back.”

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