Pakistan lift Independence Cup


"They were so pleased, saying thank you, and they were so excited by the players being there".

The ICC has ruled out an "overnight miraculous" return of worldwide cricket to Pakistan even though it was satisfied with the successful staging of the Independence Cup in Lahore.

10400 security officials, including eight thousand police officers and 2400 wardens, performed the duties during the series. "It is great. The hospitality, the support from the crowds at the ground".

While for now the West Indies and Sri Lanka might not be the crème-de-crème of worldwide cricket, a successful conclusion of their visit could open up more doors.

From Dubai, the World XI players will depart for their respective countries.

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Former New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott, part of the World XI squad on Pakistan tour on Friday said that the security arrangement is "amazing" and hoped to see the return of Test cricket to the country.

He also added; "I just loved seeing emotions on people's faces, that's the thing that stands out for me", he said when asked about his fondest memory of the tour, adding that he also loved the food in Pakistan.

"Now that the first step has been taken, there will be more steps on way", he said. "Now going through this week. we've really enjoyed as a team, everything was very enjoyable for us".

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.

While the visits of two worldwide sides in the latter half of the current year bode well for Pakistan cricket, there is still a long way to go for the country to draw back major sides for a bilateral tour. "They've [the youngsters] seen some of the best players across the world live in action and this might be the beginning of the cricketing journey of Hashim Amla or Faf du Plessis".