They say team work makes the dream work and that is certainly the case in the commentary box at HBL Pakistan Super League 5.
In a short period of time, this great group of presenters and commentators have bonded, while embracing this beautiful country and what it has to offer.
Our wonderful colleague, Urooj Mumtaz, has been helping us with basic Urdu terms which we have used respectfully in commentary and it has also helped in daily interactions here. Thank you, Urooj for being our local guide! My favourite word is zabardast which means fantastic.
Team at Rawalpindi ready to go! Hope to have some good news for you soon about when we are likely to get underway here 🙌 #HBLPSLV #TayyarHain @iramizraja @erinvholland @mj_slats @uroojmumtazkhan @DominicCork95 pic.twitter.com/U6Sf4Mzn0L
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) March 5, 2020
So, some of you have asked where we have been while here in Islamabad. So, here goes:
Mocca has won my heart. Lovely pavement spot in Islamabad. Also enjoyed delicious carrot cake.
Loafology is a must do when in Islamabad. Great buzz and the food is top notch. Great place for friends to hang out.
When in Islamabad, you must visit the Faisal mosque. Our friend, Komaal Khan, showed us around and there is a sense of peace around the area.
The weather wasn’t great when we were due to go up but some of the crew did make the trip up the mountain and the reviews have been brilliant. Make time to visit when the weather is clear and closer to sunset when the lights of the city come alive.
Home cooked meal:
It’s easy to get stuck in the hotel when on tour but when you have locals as friends, they become family. We were treated to an amazing meal at the Khan home and it once again showed the wonderful Pakistan hospitality we have become used to over the past two weeks.
Commentating in Pakistan:
I have been in cricket broadcasting for 17 years and I can honestly say that this trip has been a life changing one.
The atmosphere has been amazing and nothing can be great than Cricket returning to Pakistan. The Jam Packed stadiums along with deafning noise are adding to the glory of the wonderful tournament. I find this PSL V as a founding stone of more good things to come to Pakistan.
— Yasir Bhat (@YaserBhatt) March 4, 2020
To see and experience live cricket returning to this beautiful country is something I will carry for a long time.
The best thing is of course happening in Pakistan.
*Pakistani Women commentators
*big applause to International Players
— MrCool (@mrcoolger) March 4, 2020
We so often take for granted the opportunity to call the game, and I have to say that this trip has reignited my passion for commentary and seen me fall in love with Pakistan.
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) March 1, 2020
Thank you for accepting me here and making me feel so at home.
Two more games in Rawalpindi for me and then I head off to Lahore for the next leg.
Excited to be here all the way to the final on 22 March. Look forward to blogging again next Friday about my time in Pakistan.
International viewers can catch the #HBLPSLV action here.