PSL Comes Back Home
Despite the background noise of politics, the deafening sounds of jubilant cricket fans, puts all of this in the background. The PSL matches kicked off in Pakistan on Saturday 9th March and it was great to see the stadiums full of cheering crowds, each routing for their favourite team. Mahira Khan kicked off the ceremony and it was a real proud moment for Pakistani’s to see their home-grown talent play in their home along with other international crickets who have shown so much support to Pakistan and its cricket. Of course, I’m ecstatic to know that my team Peshawar Zalmi along with Quetta Gladiators, Islamabad United and Karachi Kings have all qualifies into the play offs.
The game however that has left us all taking is the one played last night between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators. The last overs of the match between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators started off with Quetta just needing 5 runs to win, given their momentum one felt it was a given that Quetta were going to win the match, however it really isn’t over until the fat lady sings. It has got to be one of best highlights of the series, who would have thought at the start of that last over Karachi would win, but playing in your home ground with your fans cheering you on, really did make all the difference to Karachi and Shinwari in particular. Shinwari received the well-deserved man of the match for that game as he took 3 wickets and only gave 3 runs in that last over. One felt for Ahmed Shehzad who has just 1 one away from getting his century before he got caught out but what a catch it was.
Of course, today for me there’s a big game between Peshawar Zalmi play Karachi Kings and
For those of you who have flown into Karachi specially to see the games, there is lots to do in between the matches. The top 5 places to visit in Karachi are;
Mazar-e-Quaid / Quaid’s Mausoleum
The pure white marble façade of the museum is not a sight to miss when visiting Karachi. The Mausoleum is where the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, is buried. Its minimalist dome over a cube design was inspired by the Samanid Mausoleum in Uzbekistan.
This is a 20th century palace built by a Hindu prince in 1925, today it is used as an art gallery and museum, there are often thought-provoking exhibitions happening at this grand building which is surrounded by renaissance style statues and trees. The Rajasthani style design of this structure is a sight to behold and is worth a visit even in the evenings as it looks stunning lit up with all the lights.
Quaid-e-Azam House Museum
Being the founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam’s, this a place worth visiting to embark upon his quest, to admire the colonial building and enjoy the serenity of the gardens around it.
If history is not your thing then you may be able to go to Turtle Beach and still spot a few turtles on the beach. Most of the turtles tend to come out in the winters because of the mild cold weather but as March has just started there may still be the odd one that you could spot. This beach is home to green sea turtles that come out to lay their eggs in the sand. Its also a great picnic spot if between the matches you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the crashing sounds of the waves.
The Chaukhandi Tombs
History lovers will drool when visiting this ancient graveyard and UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses tombs of the ancestors of a local tribe. The intricate make of these graves is its greatest feature with carvings and designs typical of its region, Sindh. The origins of this necropolis are estimated to range between 15th and 18th century.
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