It has been refused permission to play a friendly cricket match against the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The Punjab Governor House in Lahore will host a match between the ruling party in the province and the opposition on October 9, according to the programme.
In an interview with the media, PML-N leader Azma Zahid Bokhari stated that his party would not participate in any such event, but that the PPP will take part in the match.
Rana Mashood, a PML-N member of parliament, claimed that the government on one hand labelled them “thieves” but on the other hand offered to play a match with them.
In response to the statements, Fayyazul Hassan Chuhan, a PTI minister, stated that the PML-N should avoid falling victim to a conspiracy, as happened with the New Zealand and England soccer teams.
Following a visit to the Governor’s Mansion last week, Chuhan and PPP MPA Syed Ali Haider Gilani held a joint press conference with Chuhan.
According to Chauhan, the first match will be opened by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar, and the final match will be inaugurated by Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervez Elahi, who will also serve as the chief guest.
In his remarks, he added that while the opposition should not take the government’s cricket squad lightly, the team will be selected only on the basis of merit, and neutral umpires will be present during the match.
Ali Haider Gilani, speaking at the event, stated that cricket is something that brings people together, and that the match will be played in a friendly environment.