In a stance of fraternity and brotherhood, Hashan Tillakaratne expressed about his memories of Pakistan. He is the batting coach of Sri Lanka that toured Pakistan recently. The coach emphasized that it is Sri Lanka's duty to help Pakistan in reviving cricket in their country. He reminded the situation of Sri Lanka back in 1996, after the Central bombing incident. He reckoned how team India and Pakistan joined and tour Sri Lanka. He said if the joint team had not played, Sri Lankan cricket would have never survived.
The ex-cricketer of Sri Lanka said, Pakistan and his team are "brothers in arms." He termed the recent visit to Pakistan as a "historical moment" for the country. He also urged other nations to come and play in Pakistan. The coach was always open to play in the nation despite oppositions from some players. He was reminiscing the World Cup Victory of Sri Lanka in 1996, which was in Pakistan. The veteran player said it was the happiest moment of his life. Tillakaratne praised and thanked the audience of Pakistan stating their support as "tremendous." He stated it clearly that he has "no hesitation" to come down to Pakistan. He also added that even people on roads presented them a warm welcome.
Sri Lanka's early records in Pakistan were impressive. As a batsman Tillakaratne won awards like Players of the Series. He won the title in 1995. He also played a season of Asian Test Championship in Lahore. He said, Pakistan has been always a tough adversary. He highlighted players like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who were the spearheads of Pakistan during his time as a player. Per Tillakaratne, the series at Pakistan were the turning points of Sri Lankan cricket. The coach concluded by saying that the team has enjoyed their stay in Lahore. He said that there is no reason to fear playing cricket in Pakistan.
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