We’re delighted to bring you the thoughts and photos of our very own Billy as he travelled to Dubai to watch his beloved Pakistan take on South Africa earlier this month…
“Hi, just to introduce myself, my name is Billy and I’ve been a die hard fan of Pakistan cricket since as far back as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to go and watch Pakistan play outside of Pakistan or the UK but never really got the chance to go because I always thought it would be too difficult to organise and go alone. But ever since I came into contact with Mr Pakistan before the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, he and the rest of the Stani Army have been a great help with advice and putting me through to friends of theirs in UAE who helped me with any information about the tickets/ground etc. So a big thanks to Mr Arslan who was the man in UAE to help me out with any questions I had.
I have heard many story’s about the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, so come the day of the 2nd ODI I couldn’t wait to leave my hotel and get inside this magnificent looking stadium. Arriving at the stadium I got stuck in traffic near my hotel so missed the first 10 overs. Once I got out the taxi and made my way to the ticket counter I was surprised to still see so many Pakistan fans trying to get inside the ground, and it was good to see the upset of the 1st ODI didn’t stop our fans from giving it a miss.
Billy’s photos from the Pakistan v South Africa 2nd ODI at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium:
By the time I took my seat we were two down but building a good partnership. Unfortunately, towards the end of our innings we had a collapse that we have at times become used to now but still everyone around the ground believed if we can get them 2 down in the early overs the pressure might get to South Africa at the end. And that’s exactly what happened. In the end, all our bowlers bowled great and nobody gave anything away. The love and support the Pakistan team gets everywhere it goes around the world from its fans is something I believe nobody else can get from its own fans.
During the South Africa innings I got speaking to quite a few people in my stand and told them about Stani Army, what we stand for, and how it is bringing all Pakistan fans together to support our team at home and away.
This was my first write up about a game I went to so I hope it is not too bad. Again, I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Pakistan and Mr Arslan in UAE and the rest of the Stani Army. It was great to again represent Stani Army and look forward to being part of this Army for a long time.”
Billy and the rest of the Stani Army at Sky Sports’ Cricket AM show:
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Pakistan’s remaining four ODI fixtures before the Champions Trophy group games kick off will all be broadcast live.
Pakistan first take on Ireland in two ODIs in Belfast on the 23rd and the 26th of May. Both games will be streamed on You Tube Live from Cricket Ireland’s page, as confirmed to Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq on QUIPUTV. Following these two matches, Pakistan then play two warm up games against Sri Lanka (30th May, Edgbaston) and South Africa (3rd June, Oval), which will both be shown live by host broadcaster Sky Sports, as confirmed via their twitter feed.
The ICC has released tickets for the six Champions Trophy warm up matches. Pakistan will play in two of them with the first at Edgbaston in Birmingham and the second at the Oval in London.
Fans will be pleased to know they can now purchase tickets for the Champions Trophy warm up games from the official ICC ticketing website. Pakistan will play the first of their two warm ups on Thursday the 30th of May against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston, with the game starting at 1:00 pm. Their second warm up game will be played on Monday the 3rd of June against South Africa at the Oval, with the game starting at 10:30 am.
Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for under 16s, and can be purchased from the official ticketing website with a maximum of 8 tickets per customer.
Pakistan’s warm up matches:
– Thursday 30th May versus Sri Lanka, Edgbaston 1:00 pm
Fans hoping to attend Pakistan’s matches at the Champions Trophy will be delighted to know that tickets for all of Pakistan’s group games are still available through official outlets.
Pakistan will be playing their three ICC Champions Trophy group games against West Indies, South Africa and India, and supporters are advised that tickets are still available for all three fixtures through official channels, and that they should purchase promptly in order to avoid disappointment.
The West Indies fixture at the Oval in London has limited seats available in two stands with under 16 tickets for £5 and single adult tickets for £50. The South Africa fixture at Edgbaston in Birmingham has far more seats available with only two of the eight stands sold out. Under 16 tickets are £5, under 21s £10, and adult tickets for £35 and £50 depending on stand and seat. As expected, tickets for the India game are sold out via the official ticketing site, yet fans will be happy to know that package deals are still available from the website of the official travel partner of the ICC. With package deals starting at £162 including ticket, one night’s stay at a 3-star hotel and breakfast, we advise fans to take up these reasonable offers rather than purchasing tickets from illegal ticket touts who are charging extortionate amounts on the black market. Package deals for other games including the semi-finals and the final are also available. Continue reading “Champions Trophy ticket round-up”→
Stani Army have introduced a new registration facility for supporters wishing to become a member of the Stani Army. We have also opened up our comments facility for fans who wish to comment on the website without having to register or sign in.
We are pleased to announce that supporters can register as a member of the Stani Army and be a part of Pakistan cricket’s number one supporters group. Registration will allow members to tour around the world together as the Stani Army, as well as allowing them to take advantage of a range of activities Stani Army will be initiating and be involved in. For example, we are currently in discussion with Edgbaston cricket ground regarding activities concerning the upcoming Champions Trophy, which are currently awaiting ICC approval. Edgbaston is one of the venues Pakistan will be playing at during the Champions Trophy.
Planning has already started for the ICC Champions Trophy games at Edgbaston and the Oval. Pakistan begin against West Indies at the Oval in London on the 7th of June. We then play two group games at Edgbaston in Birmingham, against South Africa on the 10th of June and against India on the 15th of June.
We have had a few enquiries about hotels in Birmingham as there will be a greater number of Pakistan fans attending the game and travelling from afar for the much anticipated clash against arch rivals India at Edgbaston. With the game against South Africa at the same ground five days earlier, fans will be looking for somewhere to stay. To help out our fans, below we have suggested a few hotels in the city for fans wanting to stay in Birmingham. We would like to make clear that none of these hotels are affiliated with Stani Army and that fans are free to choose and should consider their needs carefully and book accordingly.
The 2013 Champions Trophy fixtures have been released and we urge our fans to begin to make plans for next year’s tournament which is due to be held in England in June. As with the World up in Sri Lanka this year, Stani Army have big things planned for the Champions Trophy and fans are encouraged to keep abreast of developments through http://www.staniarmy.com. The Champions Trophy will be played at just the three venues of the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, the Kia Oval in London and Edgbaston in Birmingham.
We will bring you the latest news and developments here on http://www.staniarmy.com, including information regarding our plans for Pakistan’s games such as ticket information and where Stani Army and our very own Mr Pakistan will be seated. Nevertheless, fans are encouraged to sign up to the mailing lists of the Counties of each of the venues in order to receive the latest information. You can sign up to Surrey CCC’s (The Oval) newsletter from the homepage, top left here. Glamorgan’s CCC’s (SWALEC) here, and Warwickshire CCC’s (Edgbaston) on their homepage here (scroll down).
Updates will be posted on http://www.staniarmy.com and we advise fans to register with us in order to be able to comment on the site so that they are able to discuss plans and raise any concerns they may have, as we are always ready and willing to help. This will be a marquee tournament for Stani Army, and Pakistan fans are encouraged to join us to create a memorable atmosphere in supporting our team together.