Pakistan Prepared for return of international Awards : Cricket, News

Highlights

  • Pakistan preparing to show the world that it is safe to play international matches.

  • Pakistan host World XI to get a three-match T20I series.

  • The World XI tour is a significant breakthrough for the PCB.

Pakistan is preparing to demonstrate that the cricketing world that it is safe to play international matches in the country by simulating a three-match Twenty20 international series against a World XI in Lahore weekly.

Just Zimbabwe has toured Pakistan – to get a brief limited-overs show two years ago – since terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka group bus in Lahore in 2009.

The World XI tour is a significant breakthrough for the Pakistan Cricket Board, which had been working to bring international cricket to the country.

Considering that 2009 Pakistan has played most of its home matches in the United Arab Emirates and also staged two variants of its premier national T20 championship – the Pakistan Super League – in the UAE.

– PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 11, 2017

The successful hosting of this PSL final at Lahore earlier this year gave the PCB enough confidence to schedule a T20 series against the World XI in cooperation with the International Cricket Council.

Led by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, the star-studded World XI contains West Indies’ World Twenty20 winning captain Darren Sammy, that collaborated in the PSL final for Peshawar Zalmi, New Zealand’s Grant Elliott, Australia’s Tim Paine, England’s Paul Collingwood, Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and also Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera.

– PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017

– PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017

“These might be baby steps prior to some giant measures are accepted. For now, let’s back this into the hilt,” former Pakistan test cricketer and now television commentator Ramiz Raja explained.

“Everyone is here and they realize they are part of a greater cause, and they have recognized they are part of something more significant than only themselves,” Sammy added on Saturday in Dubai where the World XI players have been built prior to flying to Lahore late Sunday night.

“It is important that the passionate Pakistan fans get to experience international cricket in their country,” Sammy said.

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Aside from Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir would be another South African players that will be representing the World XI.

“I will speak for myself and everybody in the World XI squad which we are all really excited for to Pakistan, to be part of something special, and introducing international chords gradually and safely back to Pakistan,” Amla told colleagues in Dubai on Sunday.

“For all the gamers it is part of becoming something larger and seeking to find international cricket back to Pakistan, which is truly important for cricket.”

The PCB has high hopes for this set. It’s scheduled a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in October, subject to security clearance, and also a three-match T20 series against the West Indies in November can be in the pipeline.

Both national and Punjab provincial authorities have promised foolproof security for the World XI. A few thousand of security officials are expected to be deployed within the next five days and audiences must stand in long lines in several security checkpoints prior to entering the Gaddafi Stadium.

“I am not worried about these security checkpoints, I am more excited that on Tuesday doors of international cricket will be opened in Pakistan,” said Mohammad Abdullah, a school student.

Hundreds of fans were turned away on Sunday after the cheapest $5 tickets were sold out, leaving only the top $60 and $80 seats still available for the three matches.

Despite playing its home matches overseas, Pakistan rose to the top of the test positions last year and also won the Champions Trophy.

“This show could not have been better off,” another former test captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis said.

– PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017

“Pakistan made a superb performance by winning the ICC Champions Trophy and the players deserve the chance to display their class at home places.”

The Pakistan cricket club maintained a brief training camp in Lahore. Quick bowler Mohammad Amir is an uncertainty for the show as he stays with his spouse in England in which the couple is expecting the arrival of their first child next week.

– PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017