Before Pakistan Super League’s final in Lahore, Pakistan limited-overs skipper Sarfraz Ahmed stated that PSL final can change the fortune for cricket lovers in Pakistan. And after successfully hosting the final game, ICC is also looking keen to bring cricket back in Pakistan as they are set to send a World XI to play four-match T20I series against Pakistan in late September, revealed by Guardian.
This Sunday, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators met in the final match of HBL PSL, where Darren Sammy led Zalmi won this game by 58 runs to lift the trophy. Despite few English players denied visiting Lahore for final, others including Sammy, Samuels, Chris Jordan and Morne van Wyk played there without any fear.
Giles Clarke, ECB President and head of ICC’s Pakistan Task Force, said to the Guardian “The world of cricket needs to help Pakistan, who cannot continue to play their home fixtures overseas. The youth need inspiring, and the national teams need far more cricket played in familiar terrain. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan.”
Pakistan is out from the map of international cricket since 2009, when a touring Sri Lanka team was attacked by terrorists on their way to Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. They have adopted UAE as their home ground and only once played in Pakistan since then against Zimbabwe two years ago.
Name of the players, who will feature in this tour for World XI, is not decided yet. Though, it will be interesting to see who will visit them. The team will meet in Dubai on 17 September before heading to Pakistan for playing four matches in Lahore. This series will kick off on 22nd September and final game is set to take place on 29th September.