World XI will play in Pakistan, confirms ICC

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Published: June 24, 2017
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REVIVAL: ICC, following the conclusion of its annual meeting in London, announced that plans for a World XI to play in Pakistan later this year were continuing to be developed. PHOTO: AFP

REVIVAL: ICC, following the conclusion of its annual meeting in London, announced that plans for a World XI to play in Pakistan later this year were continuing to be developed. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport’s global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year.

With the exception of Zimbabwe’s tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.

But Friday saw the International Cricket Council, following the conclusion of its annual meeting in London, announce that plans for a World XI to play in Pakistan later this year were “continuing to be developed”.

The ICC board said it had agreed to support a three-game Twenty20 series between Pakistan and a World XI in a bid to help revive international cricket in the country.

All the matches would take place in Lahore and be accorded full T20I status, the ICC said, adding “further details will be announced in due course.”

After Pakistan’s stunning 180-run win over arch-rivals India in the final of the one-day international Champions Trophy tournament at The Oval last week, coach Mickey Arthur said he hoped the visit of the World XI would go ahead.

“We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games,” he said.

“So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope.”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: “I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan.

Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board and head of the ICC’s Pakistan task force said, in comments reported by the Guardian in March: “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.”

 

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  • BrainBro
    Jun 24, 2017 - 2:00PM

    This is a very good news and all the credit goes to the Army and Air Force for restoring peace through continuous operations.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jun 24, 2017 - 2:04PM

    Wishing all the best from India. Recommend

  • King Cong
    Jun 24, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Enough hate. India is a big country with a tiny heart. The world knows how sore losers they are.Recommend

  • Mir
    Jun 24, 2017 - 3:21PM

    Great good new for pakistan and pakistani sport also pakistani people , when u success automatically world fallow you. Same is pakistan democracy if today nawaz sharief corruption been check properly and make eg of check and balance ,pakistan institute become strong and that is good for country and also good for democracy . I think we must support supreme court and make politican accountantable in pakistan because pakistan is poor country due to these political party who are running pakistan own benefit…but we hope future of pakistan is good , because we have seeing pakistan is changing and old system is over , we must thanks to media even social media even print media…who is helping to built pakistanRecommend

  • Ali
    Jun 24, 2017 - 4:05PM

    God protect Lahore please. Our neighboring country is definitely not going to like this news and will try to sabotage this.Recommend

  • hard pill
    Jun 24, 2017 - 10:18PM

    I S O L A T I O NRecommend

  • Komal S
    Jun 24, 2017 - 10:28PM

    @King Cong:
    What does it have to do with India? Fix the security and people would Come. Recommend

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