The 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) ended on a high note when Quetta Gladiators successfully chased down Peshawar Zalmi's below average total of 138 runs in just 17.5 overs to claim their first ever title in the Twenty20 league's history.
The Man of the Match award was given to Pakistan's Mohammad Hasnain who was able to snap three wickets while giving up 30 runs in his four overs.
Quetta's Ahmed Shehzad led the team's batting order with his 58-on-51 delivery performance as former Aussie captain Shane Watson was dismissed early in the game with a run-out at the hands of Umar Amin.
However, the highlight of the evening came after the match was over when, from the crowd of 32,000 cricket fanatics present at the National Stadium in Karachi, emerged an internationally familiar face of a different sport.
During the closing ceremony of the 2019 PSL former FIFA World Cup winner and Barcelona FC captain Carles Puyol was brought to the stage followed by a collective roar of cheer coming from the stands.March 17, 2019
Currently present in the city to promote World Soccer Star football games and the next FIFA World Cup in the country, Puyol said: “It's an amazing welcome, the people are very friendly. I'm very happy to be here.”
“I thought Pakistanis only liked cricket but I have seen they like football a lot also and it made me happy,” continued the footballer in Spanish while addressing the capacity crowd.
While the sporting fans of Pakistan were overjoyed with the presence of such a well known international figure in their stadium, not everyone on Twitter were able to believe their eyes.
Lmao wtf is Carlos Puyol doing at the PSL Final in Karachi?!!! #MadRespectTho— ð»ðð¦ð (@daudthepaki) March 17, 2019
Carlos Puyol in Pakistan. All kinds of madness#PSL— Muneeb (@MuneebKhawar2) March 17, 2019
Wtf is puyol doing in PSL?ð§— Prasad Suroshe (@PrasadSachinist) March 17, 2019
Why the hell is Puyol at the PSL's closing ceremony?! #PSLFinal— Fanatix (@fanatix63) March 17, 2019
The **** is Puyol doing in PSL?— Sameer (@Notacrickethack) March 17, 2019
We are really going to make Puyol watch the PSL final tomz. What a load of crap ð— Hassan (@AlphaGooner) March 16, 2019