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In pictures: 'World's most beautiful' Gwadar Cricket Stadium holds first star-studded match

Match was held between Gwadar Dolphins, led by Zulfiqar Bukhari, and Showbiz Sharks, which is being led by Wasim Khan.
Updated 19 Feb, 2021 03:44pm

Gwadar Cricket Stadium, being dubbed as the "world's most beautiful cricket stadium" by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (HRD), held an exhibition match on Friday.

An aerial view of the Gwadar Cricket Stadium. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
An aerial view of the Gwadar Cricket Stadium. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

The match was held between Gwadar Dolphins, captained by PM's aide Zulfiqar Bukhari, and Showbiz Sharks, which is being led by Pakistan Cricket Board's Chief Executive Wasim Khan. The Gwadar Dolphins won the toss and chose to bowl. British High Commissioner Christian Turner officiated the toss.

Stars including Fakhr-i-Alam, Ali Zafar and Aijaaz Aslam also participated in the match.

SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari (L), British HC Christian Turner (C) and PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan stand during the toss ceremony. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari (L), British HC Christian Turner (C) and PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan stand during the toss ceremony. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari speaks to British HC Christian Turner after the toss. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari speaks to British HC Christian Turner after the toss. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari, captain of Gwadar Dolphins and PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, captain of Showbiz Sharks, stand together on Gwadar Cricket Stadium's pitch. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
SAPM Zulfiqar Bukhari, captain of Gwadar Dolphins and PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, captain of Showbiz Sharks, stand together on Gwadar Cricket Stadium's pitch. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

Gwadar Dolphins skipper Zulfi Bukhari speaks to his teammate during the match. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
Gwadar Dolphins skipper Zulfi Bukhari speaks to his teammate during the match. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

The match was dedicated to mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara, who was recently declared dead more than a week after he went missing on K2 during an expedition. The players also said a prayer for the celebrated mountaineer before the match.

Players say special prayers for celebrated mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara before the match. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
Players say special prayers for celebrated mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara before the match. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

Players pose in the Gwadar Cricket Stadium. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
Players pose in the Gwadar Cricket Stadium. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

Throughout the match, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD' Twitter account posted pictures of the scenic stadium with the hashtag #CricketAtGwadar.

An aerial view of the Gwadar Cricket Stadium and its surroundings. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account
An aerial view of the Gwadar Cricket Stadium and its surroundings. — Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD Twitter account

The stadium also earned high praise from the International Cricket Council a few weeks back when the body shared photos of the sports venue.

"Show us a more picturesque sports venue than the Gwadar cricket stadium in Balochistan. We'll wait..." the tweet said.