“It didn’t seem like it was the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, it was as if the team was playing its debut match," Misbah was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
The senior batsman said he had only witnessed a similar sort of atmosphere while playing in India.
"I have never seen this kind of support before, the crowd was enjoying and appreciating each and every run taken by the team," he said.
International cricket returned to Pakistan last weekend when Zimbabwe played two T20 matches at the Gaddafi stadium before jam packed houses. Misbah felt that in the six years no Test team toured Pakistan and the national team was robbed of from getting the crucial home advantage.
"Home advantage is huge because you are aware of the pitch and other conditions. We have seen the example of New Zealand in this year’s World Cup; they lost the cup when they played their only game outside New Zealand."
But he admitted that the Pakistani cricketers had adopted to playing their home matches in the UAE and said they felt at home there.
“We felt that we had some sort of home advantage while playing in UAE and Abu Dhabi because we had played so many matches there and never lost a Test series in UAE.”

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