LAHORE: The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Thomas Drew CMG, hosted an Iftar dinner for the Pakistan men’s cricket team and Pakistan Cricket Board ahead of the team’s departure for the United Kingdom.

The High Commissioner passed on a message from the British Prime Minister David Cameron written especially for the dinner. The Prime Minister’s message said

UK tour by Pakistan’s cricket teams is always an exciting prospect and I am sure we can expect some exceptional cricket this summer. “But this trip also provides an opportunity to pause to reflect on, and celebrate, the wider historical, cultural and community links that exist between our two great cricketing nations.”

He said as you break your fast together on the eve of your departure to the UK; please accept my very best wishes for the Holy month of Ramadan. “I hope that both the men and women’s teams have a fantastic stay in Britain. And I hope that one day in the not too distant future I will be able to wish the England cricket team a successful tour of Pakistan”, he added.

Thomas Drew extended his best wishes to both England and Pakistan and added that he was delighted to be hosting this Iftar dinner on the eve of departure for the United Kingdom to play England.” 

He said I haven’t forgotten who pays my salary, fond though I am of Pakistan, so I won’t pretend that I will be supporting anyone other than the home team. 

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman PCB, Shahryar Khan, said it is indeed most thoughtful of the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew to have hosted the Pakistan team immediately prior to its departure for England.

He said cricketing relations between England and Pakistan have always been characterized by great and highly entertaining rivalry.