When Pakistani Cricket Umpire Ahsan Raza got emotional

I wasn’t afraid when I entered the stadium. I started crying when I heard Pakistan’s national anthem being played at the Gaddafi before the match. Perera was standing next to me and said ‘I can understand your emotions. You are a brave man’. I told my fellow umpire that I want to stand at the non-striker’s end in the first over. He said cricket has returned to your country, I will be happy to let you do that. I returned from the jaws of death during the 2009 incident. It left a deep mark on me and my life. International cricket is returning to the country and I would like to credit the army and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi for everything they have done.

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