Wait is over as ‘International Cricket comes home’

Pakistan

Pakistan cricket has gone through several rough patches over the last decade, Constant terror attacks and political tensions across the country ensured that no international game was played in the nation since 2009. Though, international cricket returned to Pakistan when Zimbabwe toured in 2015.

The T20 series between the World XI and Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is a huge event, not only for the fans, but also for the future of cricket in Pakistan.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Government takes a huge step towards reviving international cricket at home after years of isolation when they host a three-match Twenty20 series amid tight security against a star-studded World XI, starting today.

The series will be the most prestigious in the cricket loving country since a 2009 radical attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore which left eight dead and drove away international cricket and most other sports.

PCB have high hopes that the series will close that dark chapter for good, and allow a new generation of players to experience the thrill of playing before a home crowd for the first time.

Chairman PCB, Najam Sethi said that the star-studded series to take place under tight security will be closely monitored by other cricket boards and if all goes well Pakistan expects to host Sri Lanka and West Indies this year.

Captain of the visiting World XI team Faf du Plessis said Pakistan hosting a World XI tour is more than just cricket and though it is a short tour, it represents something very big.

Du Plessis said it is not just about cricket. This short tour is for something bigger. We are just happy that after a long time Pakistani cricket fans can watch international action at home.

Coach of the World XI team Andy Flower echoed the same and said his side has some top international stars and they are happy to be here.ore the passionate cricket fans of Pakistan.

 

Source: Abdul Habib Khan

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