World XI departs after historic tour of Pakistan

by Abel Hampton September 17, 2017, 0:22
World XI departs after historic tour of Pakistan

After the successful completion of the Independence Cup which saw the return of global cricket to Pakistan after a long hiatus, the dust starts to settle on the euphoria generated by the visit of the ICC World XI. Once he was out on the ground the crowd started cheering "Boom Boom Afridi" as rickshaw drove him around the stadium.

When asked about the possibility of teams touring the country anytime soon owing to the successful visit of the World XI, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said: "I don't see in the short term that there are any plans for us to play in Pakistan". "It will take its natural course, but if we continue to have series such as these, teams continue to tour and everyone goes home happy then there is no reason why cricket can't be a regular feature in this part of the world", added Sami.

Pakistan was deprived of global cricket since 2009 when Sri Lankan team was attacked by militants in Lahore due to which Pakistan became a no-go zone for foreign cricket teams. The PCB has had to rely on heavy financial incentives for the visiting players to draw them to the country so far.

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi added.

Recently, the World XI also played three T20s in Lahore with the host side clinching the series by 2-1. Now, the next steps have to be taken, meaning can they be rolled out in more than one city over a longer period of time.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed to back Pakistan's efforts to resume international cricket in their own country and said it would provide financial assistance for security needs.

Darren Sammy as always loved playing in Pakistan and his smile says it all! The cricketer even appreciated the hospitality he received in Pakistan.

Overjoyed at the upcoming tours, Sethi informed that Sri Lanka has also green-lighted playing single T20 global on October 29 in Lahore.

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