Pakistan fans win Edgbaston Fans Trophy
Pakistan fans were celebrating before their team took on England at Lord's as a team representing the National Asian Cricket Council beat their counterparts from the Barmy Army to win the first Edgbaston Fans Trophy.
The Twenty20 match was held at Attock Cricket Club and after bringing together fans of both sides, the Pakistanis won by 35 runs.
"With exactly three weeks to go until England and Pakistan contest the third Investec Test Match at Edgbaston, we wanted to bring together supporters to look ahead to a compelling series," Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said.
"We’ve been working with both sets of supporters for several years.
"We’re committed, at Edgbaston, to providing the best possible cricketing experience to all fans and tonight not only gave the fans a bigger profile, but united everyone through a match played in the true spirit of the cricket," he added.
While the Barmy Army have previously played matches against Australia's Fanatics, this was the first time they took on a Pakistan side.
"It was a fantastic occasion for all of us to play in the Edgbaston Fans T20 and it presents an excellent starting point for a regular fixture with the NACC and fans of the touring nations," Paul Burnham, Barmy Army founder and Managing Director said.
"Our thanks go to Attock CC for hosting and to Edgbaston.
"We’re looking forward to returning to the Eric Hollies Stand and cheering on England at our biggest gathering of the season at the third Investec Test Match in early August."
Gulfraz Riaz, chairman of the NACC, added: "Tonight’s game highlighted how cricket can bring together people of different backgrounds to play a competitive fixture that upholds the game’s traditions and sportsmanship.
"We’ve made some great friendships with Barmy Army members this evening and were thrilled to be involved in the Edgbaston Fans Trophy.
"With another great summer of cricket coming up next year, we’re keen to look at extending to an Edgbaston Fans Tournament ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017."
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