Pakistan's biggest city will witness a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years on Sunday when the Pakistan Super League final is staged amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi.
But a reluctance from some global PSL players to play in Pakistan remains.
Former West Indian captain and Pakistani crowd favourite Darren Sammy, who will skipper Peshawar for a second time after leading them to victory a year ago, lauded the country's efforts.
-AFP Cricket fans arrive at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi.
Completed in 1955, National Stadium's first match was a test match between Pakistan and India, the same year on February 26.
"I thank all of you for supporting Pakistan cricket", he said.
"Let this final be successful and we look forward to more matches".
That was followed by three T20s against a World XI last September and the emotional return of Sri Lanka for one T20 in October, all in Lahore, with unprecedented security arrangements in place.
As well as the final in Karachi, both eliminators were held in Lahore this week - a step forward from previous year, when only the final was held on Pakistani soil.
Waqar Younis said that Karachi is cricket loving city and it is a very important moment for Pakistan especially Karachi that worldwide players arrived in the country.
The city's most popular player, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, said the PSL final was 'great news, adding: 'Karachiites will enjoy the occasion and I am glad over it.
"It's (the PSL final) giving a message to the world that Pakistan is a peaceful country and Pakistan will play role in sports", said 24-year-old spectator Hamza Yousuf Shah, who was waiting in one of several long queues to get into the stadium.
The attacks left Pakistan cricket forced into exile, with global teams refusing to tour the terror-hit country over security fears and the national team left to play its home matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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