"Cricket is my life, my passion. I can live without food, but I can't live without cricket. I pray that the situation in my country improves, so that cricket doesn't go away."
Attacks on the Sri Lankan team and match officials, which left eight Pakistanis dead and injured seven Sri Lankan players, have buried
"What happened is tragic," Jalil told AFP on Friday.
"My heart goes out to the Sri Lankan players and to all those who died in the incident. It should not have happened at all."
Jalil is a familiar sight at all international matches that
Having watched the first two days' play, he travelled "back to my home town
The 60-year-old hails from the same town as former captain Shoaib Malik and worked in the forestry department in the
One of Jalil's three sons -- he also has three daughters -- played with Malik at club level but did not progress further.
It was in Sharjah where he developed a serious interest in the game.
"My first match as a spectator was in
Once he retired, Jalil returned to his country. He became more prominent at cricket grounds when he started dressing in traditional
His loud patriotic slogans "jeevay, jeevay