On Friday, the plans for the full continuation of the International Cricket in Pakistan moved forward after global governing body said that this year they wanted to send a World XI to the country.
With the release of Zimbabwe’s tour two years ago, Pakistan needs to play all their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since in 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s bus in Lahore.
However, on Friday it saw that the International Cricket Council has announced that the plans for a World XI will play in Pakistan later this year “continuing to be developed.”
The International Cricket Council board said that it had agreed to carry on a three-game Twenty20 series between Pakistan and a World XI in a proposal to help revive international cricket in the country.
All the matches will play in Lahore and give full Twenty20 international position. The ICC board said that “further details will be announced in due course.”
After defeating India by 180 runs in the final match of One-day International of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval this month, Coach Mickey Arthur said that he hoped the visit of the World XI would go ahead.
Arthur said “We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games. So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope.”
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said, “I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan.”
The president of England and Wales Cricket Board and head of the ICC’s Pakistan task force, Giles Clarke said to the Guardian in March reporters, “The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan.”