It was under Misbah-ul-Haq that Pakistan became the No. 1 Test side and all this without playing a match at home. Since the 2009 attacks in Lahore, Pakistan have considered UAE as their second abode and they have never played a Test there since. Misbah has been instrumental in reshaping Pakistan after the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in which 3 players were caught. Misbah took over the captaincy, and became Pakistan’s most successful test skipper. Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi had already quit Test and ODI cricket but was an integral part of the T20s until early this year. He captained the Pakistan T20 team at the 2016 World T20 in India.

Afridi has always been a crowd favourite since his debut in 1996. He set a world record only in his second match striking a 37-ball century against Sri Lanka, which was unbeaten until 17 years. His bowling expertise came into light in the second half of his career and anchored Pakistan to many T20 successes. However, it was an experience for the stalwarts to receive lap of honour in front of their home crowd. Thousand gathered in the stadium showered their love to the veterans with torch lights on.

The duo also greeted the Pakistani players after the lap of honour. Afridi attended all the matches while Misbah showed his presence in the final game on Friday. Pakistan came to life looking at their ‘Kaptan’ Misbah and favourite ‘Lala’ Afridi.

Recently, Misbah was presented the Spirit of Cricket Award by the PCB. After receiving the award, Misbah told Geo News, “You need to leave things on a good note with your organization, your team and all the people you have worked with. I am happy to have gotten this amount of respect. I am thankful to PCB and all the supporters.”