On Tuesday, Pakistan hosted its first international match at Lahore, barring Zimbabwe in 2015, and it was a proud moment for the country to see international stars at home.
During the first T20I match between Pakistan XI and World XI, there was a fantastic atmosphere in Lahore, and home player made the memorable day their fans by winning the first game by 20-runs.
Pakistan cricket fans will enjoy more games at home as Sethi reveals that Sri Lanka and the West Indies have agreed to tour Pakistan for a T20I series after the conclusion of the Independence Cup.
According to a report in The Guardian, PCB Chief Najam Sethi said, “The World XI series is now planned for every year for the three years. This is first of the three series and there will be two more in the next years. Once this [World XI tour] is done the Sri Lankans have committed to play one or two matches in Lahore next month and then the West Indies have committed to me that they will come for three matches in November.”
Sethi further added on the same, “Now we can say with assurance that the war against terrorism has been taken to its logical conclusion and that 90-95% of terrorism has abated in this country. A sufficient condition was to convince the international community in general and the ICC in particular that the situation was safe to play cricket.”
The PCB chief reveals how he convinced ICC about the security arrangements in Lahore, saying, “First step in that direction was to at least try and play at least one match in Pakistan, which is why I fought tooth and nail to have the PSL final in Lahore.”
Sethi concluded, “Security experts affiliated with various boards and also with the ICC came to the Lahore final and saw for themselves the excellent security arrangements that were in place, and then they went back and gave their reports. All this formed the basis for a World XI tour.”