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Jayasuriya got a taste of the traditional and the modern during his visit to Karachi. -Photo by APP

On his last day in Karachi Sanath Jayasuriya was a happy man. The cricketing icon from Sri Lanka was smiling again after wearing a grumpy look following the horrendous lbw decision against him by umpire Saleem Badar in the final exhibition T20 match on Sunday night.

Jayasuriya spent nearly two hours shopping in one of the new malls built on the Clifton beach and was truly amazed at what he saw. “I was stunned to see the mall. It is huge and is comparable to ones around the world.”

The former Sri Lankan captain filled nearly ten suitcases as he went on a shopping spree, the word is that he loves to shop in Pakistan and on the last day of a hectic four day tour he decided to indulge in one of his biggest passions, second only to hitting big sixes.

Whilst he prepared to leave the hotel and make his way to the airport, a security officer deployed there stated that Jayasuriya is a real shopaholic.

“When Sri Lanka traveled to Pakistan four years ago he was a real pain for us, every day he wanted to shop and we had to escort him to various malls across the city,” the officer joked.

Meanwhile, other than the umpiring howler, the man who spent nearly 20 years playing international cricket around the world had a memorable time in Pakistan. The captain of the international stars team that played two T20s over the weekend in Karachi stated that he would want to see international cricket return to the country immediately.

“I had a memorable time here. I would like to convey this to the rest of the cricketing world that cricket must return to Pakistan. The love and affection we were shown by the big crowd in both games is a clear indication that the fans of the game in the country are keen on the return of international cricket and are passionate about the game.”

He added that he was happy to make a contribution to the cause of the game in the country and feels that Sri Lankans owe it to Pakistan for the support that they were given during the 30-year war with Tamil Tigers.

“Pakistan supported us wholeheartedly during the war in Sri Lanka; we need to do the same and support them when they need us,” he stated.

Jayasuriya, who was the first Sri Lankan to score a triple century in Test cricket, also thanked the organizers who made this trip possible for him and vowed to return whenever an opportunity arose.

“I want to thank the government of Sindh, Dr. Shah and Bobby (Badar Refaie) who made it possible for this event to take place, I am keen on returning to Pakistan and if given a chance to take part in the Pakistan Premier League I would be as keen as anyone to make a mark.”

On a passing note, Jayasuriya mentioned the attack on the Sri Lankan team that caused the cessation of international cricket in the country. He thinks that the scars of the players involved have worn off considerably but they need time before they return to Pakistan.

“I think the players who were attacked in Lahore are still apprehensive about touring Pakistan, we need to understand their mindset. However, I will speak to them too and am confident that in due course they would be willing to travel and play here.”

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Comments (43)

Nadeem USA
October 23, 2012 1:17 pm
Who in the world don’t agree with Abdullah’s comments? We all know who they are “Jealous Indians.”
Adeel Khalid
October 23, 2012 3:22 pm
Jaysuria did exactly what one can expect from the representative of a respectable nation. Hoping for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.
October 23, 2012 5:52 am
Thanks Jayasuriya
October 23, 2012 7:24 am
Thanks a lot Jayasuriya..
October 23, 2012 5:06 am
At least Afghanistan team can tour Pakistan. They need international exposure and they face same situation as Pakistan.
October 23, 2012 8:29 am
I guess Sanath got huge discounts for spreading good words about Pakistan. Two t-20s, where security personnel outnumbered spectators doesn't make our Pak a safe country. There's no governance, common people are attacked for no reason, anybody & everybody has access to guns, top leaders are busy in saving their own skins against various corruption cases, a Malala is targeted - how can you shoot a 14-year old kid?
October 22, 2012 6:25 pm
There's nothing more I or we can add to what Mr. Jayasuriya has already stated. He is an icon and he lives in the hearts and minds of Pakistanis in particular and cricket fans in general. I can't wait for him to take part in Pakistan domestic.
October 23, 2012 5:12 am
Thank you Sanath for standing with us when every one else has left us...
October 23, 2012 11:39 pm
Stop crowding our website... You don't see Pakistanis mouthing off in Indian sites. You guys have no courtesy.
October 23, 2012 9:19 am
Jayasuria bhi 'saeein' :o
Abdullah Hussain
October 22, 2012 6:47 pm
A real heart winner. Thanks to you & all those who came to Pakistan to showcase the spring after a long winter. The two matches have proved beyond doubt that Pakistan is a safe country to tour. ICC & member countries should now show willingness to come & play cricket in Pakistan. Well done Karachities for filling the stadium with festive mood. Your enjoying the matches & giggles have sent a good message to the world.
Lahori Khan
October 22, 2012 5:58 pm
Thank you to our Lankan Brothrs and Sister and our common hero. Mr. Jayasuriya. He lives in our hearts. Pakistan should give him the top civilian award. Thank you Jay.
October 22, 2012 5:54 pm
Ten suitcases LoL
Nasir Khan
October 22, 2012 5:01 pm
Love you Jaysuria bai
October 23, 2012 3:46 pm
Haha... love it.. truly, he is The Legend!!! Respect from all Pakistanis..
October 22, 2012 4:46 pm
Considering pakistan as one of the countries exporting so many fashionable items to USA, It makes sense that sanath grabed an opportunity to shop the items in the country where it were made instead of buying them in western countries after they are exported.
October 22, 2012 7:28 pm
How can a human being give you thumbs down for loving some one? Well, every body knows who these people are.
October 23, 2012 4:27 pm's laughable how majority of comments on many Pakistani sites and news stories are of Indians maligning Pakistan! Talk about obsessed!
Salman Saifi
October 22, 2012 7:41 pm
Finally some more positive press. Great effort by Dr.Shah and his team. Thank you guests for coming and giving us the honor. much appreciated.
Farooq Malik
October 24, 2012 11:25 am
Love you Jaya...a true friend of Pakistan
October 23, 2012 7:03 am
maybe the thumbs down was because Pakistan's top civilian award shouldnt be given for such useless reasons. Dont blame Indians for that
October 23, 2012 3:06 pm
beautiful mind ;)
October 23, 2012 5:39 pm
ok. thanks. bye.
October 23, 2012 4:19 pm
Good work all the players we are thankful all of you. Live long Pakistan. May Allah (SWT) bless you all.
October 23, 2012 2:18 pm
He is not blaming the Indians for anything. He just pointed out that Indians have invaded the site and are giving thumbs down. Which they obviously are.
Ravindra sanap
October 23, 2012 5:27 pm
We also want a bilateral series with pakistan.We would like to beat pakistan in pakistan but what we can do if the players dont feel safe there.
October 23, 2012 3:50 pm
Why did Allah give this nation people like you... can you ever be happy for an iota of progress we make ?? Just because there are ongoing problems, it does not mean we lose the right to enjoy and appreciate good things that happen. So what if Jaya got discounts - He did for us what no other players were willing to do... and the people in WEST are talking about return of cricket .. (i doubt that very much he was given any discounts, knowing the karachi shopkeepers - they would have fleeced him for his dollars unless he could bargain "Saeen style" - LOL)
October 23, 2012 4:47 am
Bro, if you're really an Indian as your name suggests, then a Big Hug for you for acknowledging the fact. Cheers from Pakistan.
October 23, 2012 8:01 am
Stop blaming Indians on everything and work on your defects first ...
October 23, 2012 8:13 am
this is a time to bring back international cricket in like bangladesh can come.
October 23, 2012 4:24 pm
Thank you sooooo much Jayasuriya! You are the most incredible person ever! To support Pakistan at this moment in words to express our gratitude! Hope you had a great time in Pakistan and go back with wonderful memories! And thank you Sri Lanka as well! you guys have a very big heart!..... To all the party poopers commenting...meh!
October 23, 2012 12:49 pm
security outnumbered spectators?? some stats mate!! its true Pakistan might not be a safe heaven right now, but hey dont underestimate its people, we are definitely a peace loving nation, and we dont expect people to label us because of some worthless scums.. it was Pakistan who fought for peace in Srilanka, its Pakistan who is facing all these miseries in an attempt to bring back peace in Afghanistan. And we will bring Peace back to our nation..
N K Ali
October 24, 2012 5:09 am
Jayasuria is a true friend of Pakistan including all the other Sri Lankan players. The GOP should seriously think of giving him an 'honorary citizenship,' if such a clause exists in the law. Salams
October 24, 2012 11:20 am
Pakistani passport will trigger extra security and embarrassing strip searches at all airports.Why would he want our citizenship ?
October 23, 2012 6:56 am
lol what is the point of giving 7 thumbs down to this comment :/
October 22, 2012 6:21 pm
We love all the players....keep protecting them, let them keep smilling!
October 23, 2012 12:17 am
You're the best Jayasuriya.
October 23, 2012 7:52 pm
Great man,gracious words
Md Imran
October 23, 2012 8:59 pm
Pakistan and Pakistanis have always been very fashion progressive ! Quaide-azam Md Ali Jinnah was a global fashion icon of his time, so was AllamaIqbal and many others.It is hardly surprising that people love shopping in Pakistan..if given right opportunity, inshaallah we'll overtake labels like Calvin Klien, Prada, Ralph Lauren etc very soon.
Ch.subba Rao
October 23, 2012 2:50 pm
It is good to see jayasurya roaming freely sand international teams should follow the suit to entertain pakistani crowd.I hope shortly international cricket will return pakistan
October 22, 2012 7:50 pm
Who in their right mind would give these positive comments a thumbs down!!! I guess the Indians have invaded the site: / My GOD!
Nadeem USA
October 23, 2012 1:16 pm
Who in the world don't agree with Salman's comments? We all know who they are "Jealous Indians."
October 23, 2012 3:13 pm
happy for sanath... and pakistan too for that matter... hope cricket gets back to its feet there, just feel bit paranoid on the security situations though... donno how safe would it be to roam in these crowded markets and streets..
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