England men's cricket team arrived in Karachi on Thursday morning for the first time in 17 years before they were escorted into a bulletproof bus to take them to the team hotel. The teams have been granted VVIP status throughout their seven-T20I series comprising first four in Karachi and the last three in Lahore.
While the bilateral contest is being regarded as a major opportunity for both the teams in the build-up of upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, hosts will eye to forget their outing in recently concluded T20 Asia Cup in United Arab of Emirates. Interestingly, most of the England players including skipper Buttler are touring Pakistan for the first time, except Alex Hales, Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson who have appeared in the Pakistan Super League.
The England skipper Jos Buttler, who is currently injured and will miss out first couple of matches, looked bit amazed with the beefed security on the presence of England players and stated that 'visually, it seems a lot.' "It seems over the top, but of course it is there to make sure everything runs smoothly," admitted Buttler.
Meanwhile, England skipper noted the current situation in Pakistan which is facing catastrophic massive flood in the country and admitted about making donations that will be matched by ECB. The England Cricket Board confirmed that the money would go into the DEC emergency appeal.
"Pakistan suffered floods and we can feel their pain. We are delighted to be here for cricket in this tough time. As a team, we will make donations which will be matched by the ECB to make a little effort from our side. We would all encourage anyone who is able to support this cause to do so. The ECB has been happy to match the player’s donation,” said Buttler while addressing the media after arrival in Pakistan.
The England skipper further hoped that bilateral contest between both the teams might bring some tonic of happiness and ray of hope for all the flood victims.