A few days later, a different Pakistan turned up at Nottingham to beat the favourites England by 14 runs. This time, I am making a lot of food, kept some turbans and Indian dhol, and also organised face-painting for children.
India come into the game with the upper hand, having won two of their three matches and sitting firmly in the top half of the table after securing a point in the washed out game against New Zealand. Till date, rain in England has successfully washed out four games in the ICC Cricket World Cup and we aren't even halfway through the tournament.
Against Pakistan, India have a ideal record as they have won all their six encounters in the previous editions of the showpiece event and thus, Virat Kohli's men would be brimming with confidence considering their past record against the arch-rivals.
But it's the Indians who have a slight edge when it comes to ICC ODI tournaments in England. But thankfully the governments on both sides did not have any issue with two national cricket teams taking on each other, letting a cricket match be a cricket match, and not war.
Who knows what the real figure was but the fact they had 700,000 applicants for tickets for Sunday's game shows the hunger to see India and Pakistan play cricket in a match that is about politics, passion and national identity.
Their 180-run win at the Oval is the biggest over India in all ODIs.
The weather forecast for Old Trafford doesn't look good with rain expected to play spoilsport.
Baba Gorpal Singh, K-P Youth Assembly Minority Minister, said the Sikh community residing in K-P and the tribal areas had always stood by Pakistan team.
It's advantage India with the toss too.
Members of the Sikh community in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) are hopeful for the country's win against arch-rival India in Sunday's World Cup encounter.
Under Kohli, India have made a strong start to their quest for a third World Cup title, with a clinical victory against holders Australia. MS Dhoni wore the wicketkeeping gloves with the Indian Army insignia printed on it in India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa.
And Arthur has also been ensuring his squad - the youngest at this World Cup - are not overawed by the occasion. "But it is very unfair on the part of the ICC that they prepare one type of wicket for certain teams and another type for others", de Mel said.
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