A Good Step for the Pakistan Cricket


Pakistan coasted to a comfortable 33-run victory against a World XI in their decisive Twenty20 worldwide on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

But the World XI tour seems to have finally changed the game for Pakistan.

WORLD XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy.

Also, given the strained political relations between the India and Pakistan, it was not surprising to see Indian players absent from the World XI side.

PCB chairman Najam Sethi, on Wednesday, has confirmed that they will be hosting West Indies in a three-match T20I series at the end of November and welcome Sri Lanka for a lone T20I in Lahore in October.

Flower said he had a personal attachment to Pakistan, dating back to his days as a star batsman for Zimbabwe, having toured the Asian country three times in the '90s. More than the series triumph, they would be delighted to host global games after the infamous terror attacks of 2009. "We are just happy that after a long time Pakistani cricket fans can watch worldwide action at home", Du Plessis said in a press conference in Pakistan.

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"We hope the global stars will return home with happy memories over their trip to Lahore and at the same time will leave behind a legacy of co-operation that will help Pakistan build its cricket future".

In a news conference at Lahore Dave Richardson said: "The World XI tour will send out a positive message to the world cricket community that the security situation in Pakistan has improved and satisfactory".

In the World XI team, the openers had presented their good performance recently.

Addressing the media in Lahore, the Pakistan skipper said that they have young team which has the ability to beat any team.

Meanwhile, Pakistan cricketers have not disappointed fans who thronged the Gaddafi Stadium to witness their superstars in action.

World XI won the toss and chose to field first. World cricket's governing body wants global teams back in Pakistan after an eight-year absence due to security concerns but cautioned that it could be a "long process". For the sake of them and for the betterment of our sports, let's hope cricket is celebrated in all parts of the world including Pakistan.