Pakistan squad for World XI series announced.

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Pakistan squad for World XI series announced.

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Aug 25, 2017 at 3:31 PM
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    Comebacks for Yamin, Sohail Khan, Nawaz & Amin.

    Surprisingly no Hafeez in the squad.

    Here's the full squad:

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    1. Shahzad.Firdous
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      1. Ahmed Shahzad
      2. Fakhar Zaman
      3. Babar Azam
      4. Shoaib Malik
      5. Umar Amin
      6. Sarfraz
      7. Imad Wasim
      8. Shadab Khan
      9. Amir
      10. Rumman Raees / Sohail Khan
      11. Hassan Ali
       
    2. godzilla
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      what the hell is Shehzad and Amin doing in this line up? has inzi gone completely blind as well as stupid?

      id go with

      1. fakhar
      2. sarfraz
      3. babar
      4. Malik
      5. ? anyone else in the world except Amin or Shehzad
      6. ? anyone else in the world except Amin or Shehzad
      7. imad
      8. sohail
      9. shadab
      10. amir/ruman
      11. hassan
       
    3. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Fahim Ashraf in place of one of them as batsman?
       
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      id rather have had a couple of bats rather than an a;l rounder from etc squad and even that one who is unproven apart from one innings in a warm up game on a pitch with 10m boundaries.
       
    5. Shahzad.Firdous
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      still better than tried and tested and failed several times Umar Amin!!
       
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      Fakhar
      Shehzad / Amin
      Babar
      Malik
      Sarfraz
      Yamin
      Fahim
      Imad
      Shadab
      Hasan
      Amir

      I want to play Raees but playing Yamin + Fahim gives more batting depth..
       
    7. Mohammed Bilal
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      Fakhar Zaman
      Babar Azam
      Shoaib Malik
      Umar Amin
      Sarfraz Ahmed
      Imad Wasim
      Amear Yamin
      Shadab Khan
      Hassan Ali
      Mohammed Amir
      Sohail Khan
       
    8. Mohammed Bilal
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      Your statements are incorrect,I most of his boundaries were on the normal 70 m boundry
       
    9. Mohammed Bilal
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      That's a bit Harsh,Amin has batted a lot at no7 whilst people like younis Khan got to bat at no3 or no4,I don't know much about him but he looks quite a good ODI player,Give him a chance in T20s,I like Fahim ashraf but he surely can't bat at 5?
       
    10. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Bhai we had enough of Amin last times on English tours, in UAE against SAfrica and several other tours!! He has been a failure so far@ lets see if he can improve this time!! These youngsters should learn from someone like Fawad Alam, who scores at every given opportunity in every given situation, he tries to make the most of what he is given and still discriminated against@@
       
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      LOL at Shahzad, Umar Amin and Nawaz. Why the hell are they in the squad?
       
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      How does Sarfaraz make the squad over Kamran? Even the biggest fan would admit that Sarfraz isn't suited to T20s. Also Raees and the unfit Sohail Khan are weird picks , might as well call this team the Karachi Dolphins.
       
    13. Fourth Umpire
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      Only Pakistani batsman to score a T20 century.
       
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      So what?

      His performances lately does not warrant a place in National side. Did you forgot his performances in CT and before that?
       
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      Are you serious dude? Sarfaraz is the Captain of Pakistan in all 3 formats. And Sohail Khan is not unfit. Check the latest fitness tests of all players. He is better than the likes of Imad and Sarfaraz when it comes to fitness.
       
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      No I didn't he played well against BD, scored a quick 44 but was dropped after one failure(even than he was amongst the top 6 scorers in that match).
       
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      do you think all of his other innings should be taken into account or just one?
       
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      oh please, have a greater perspective than two matches. he's got a 70 and 98* against the mighty Zimbabweans, and a 111* against a 2014 Bangladesh, otherwise virtually nothing in a career from 2009 averaging less than 25 including those three scores.

      here's his superb returns in the last two years: an average of less than 19@108. thats atrocious.

      http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/en...an;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

      17
      7
      28
      4
      16
      9
      8
      52
      25
      30
      1
      13
      14
      4
      53

      absolute proven trash.
       
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      You must be from Karachi, If you think Sarfaraz is better than Kamran as a T20 batsman or that Sohail is fit. Don't put city over the country.
       
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      Do these starts show the pressure he faced from Waqar, Arthur and Sarfraz? If he can score this much with pressure, imagine how much he would score with proper support.
       
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      Yes I am from Karachi. LOL
       
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      Who is kamran Akmal?
       
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      I can imagine this yes. imagine how much even better he would be without the pressure of playing cricket? unfortunately games are not won on a tally of peoples imagination, they are won with runs, which he can't provide.

      if you are going to play this game, you could insert literally anyones name instead of Shehzad and imagine how they would do without any pressure. imagine how Imran farhat would do, for example.

      I'm sorry, but facts are facts. quality players handle stress., and even more, Shahzad has been given far more backing than he deserves. if anything, he should have more pressure on him, not less.
       
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      Overs break down:

      2 overs Amir, 1 Sohail Khan/ Rumman Raees
      2 overs Hassan Ali, Rumman Raees 1.
      6 overs power play over.
      Shadab 4, Imad 3, Malik 2.
      15 overs completed.

      Amir 2, Hassan 2, Sohail 1.
      20 completed.

      Amir 4, Hassan 4, Shadab 4.
      Imad 3, Sohail Khan 3, Malik 2.


      In a different way:

      Amir 2, Raees / Sohail 2.
      Hassan 2, Shadab 4, Imad 2.
      12 completed.
      Malik 2, Imad 1.
      15 completed.

      Amir 2, Raees/ Sohail 1, Hassan 2.
      20 completed.

      Would prefer the first method.
       
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      He doesn't know how to bat against Morkel or Perera.
       
    27. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Umar Amin is worst than him!! Hafeez can atleast bowl when needed!! Agar laana hi tha to Fawad Alam ya Harris Sohail ko laate is se to Hafeez aur strong hoga but Inzamam ne shayad is point of view se Amin ko induct kiya hai ke its a t20 and you only need to spend a minimum of 6 overs at crease in a t20 so they can develop a player through t20s otherwise i see no use of umar amin@@
       
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      Umar Amin is Mohd Sami of the batting in my opinion. Difference is that Sami did have some great couple of series in his career like India tour of 2005!!
       
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      He made 150 odd then followed it up with anouther century in the pak cup that has Pakistans top players.
       
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      He's played in England and it's hard playing in England then against South Africa anyways he's a better player now.
       
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      He is another Faisal Iqbal. Just in the manner, Faisal deprived hardworking Asim Kamal of his right. In the same manner, he is depriving Fawad Alam of his right!!
       
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      No one will pick Fawad Alam anyways
       
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      Qasim lauds Sethi for restoring int’l cricket in Pakistan

      ISLAMABAD - Former Test cricketer Iqbal Qasim lauded PCB chairman Najam Sethi for fulfilling promises one after another and termed him the man to take Pakistan cricket out of international wilderness.

      Talking to The Nation, Qasim said: “Pakistan Super League (PSL) was Najam Sethi’s brainchild while despite huge criticism from different corners, he conducted the PSL-2 final in Lahore successfully and now he has arranged the World XI tour to Pakistan which is a clear indication that Sethi is doing wonders for Pakistan cricket.”

      He said look at the star-studied line up of World XI, where each and every player is a world class and match winner himself. “The players of seven top cricket playing nations are part of the World XI. Although these matches would not be recognised as international ones, yet International Cricket Council (ICC) is fully endorsing the World XI tour, because of these international players. Their respective countries would be keeping a very close eye on the tour, and the successful conduct of World XI tour mean a lot not only for Pakistan but also for these countries.

      “The revival of international cricket depends on the outcome of this major tour. I am damn sure that Pakistan will host the World XI in highly befitting manner which will open floodgates of international cricket in the country and also provide the cricket crazy fans chance to witness top class players playing in front of them,” he added.

      Qasim said the head coach and PCB selectors have given chances to the youngsters in order to provide them much-needed exposure. “It will not only give them confidence to face international players but also help the selectors pick up the top performers for the national team. For this bold step, we must not criticise the PCB and selectors instead we should wait and see the positives of this decision.

      “I know Junaid and Hafeez are great players, performed exceptionally in the Champions Trophy and played sheet anchor role in helping the national team win the trophy. But there will surely be some reason to drop them, which the selectors know better than any other,” he added.

      When asked about Umar Akmal and Mickey Arthur’s saga, he said: “I feel the PCB chairman should have intervened and invited both to settle the dispute. Now Sethi has constituted a three-member committee and I am sure the issue will be resolved amicably and very soon. In my opinion, if the PCB is lenient to other players, Umar should also be treated in the same way because he is an accomplished national player and has helped the national team in winning a lot of matches and events. So I feel Sethi will surely resolve the issue, but Umar should also be more careful in his behaviour.”

      “I think Sethi and the PCB should extend invitations to all the past greats, no matter the PCB has issues with former greats or not, as it is a historic occasion and every player, who have served Pakistan cricket, deserve to be part of the festivity. I am sure Sethi will surely extend invitation to all the living legends, as this step will go a long way in enhancing his reputation and also help in bridging the gap between the PCB and former greats,” Qasim concluded.

      http://nation.com.pk/sports/28-Aug-2017/qasim-lauds-sethi-for-restoring-int-l-cricket-in-pakistan
       
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      Khawaja Nadeem welcomes World XI tour to Pakistan

      Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Board of Governors Member and Lahore City Cricket Association President Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad has welcomed the tour of World XI to Pakistan, and two other foreign team including Sri Lanka and West Indies.

      “It is a major breakthrough in the right direction and it is going to be a defining moment in Pakistan’s cricket history as three foreign teams will be visiting the country in next three months and by that way international cricket will be returning after a nine-year gap,” he told APP on Monday.

      He said that the credit of making efforts for the resumption of international cricket to Pakistan goes to the present regime of the PCB – led by Najam Sethi, who worked hard on it and took trust building measures to convince the cricket playing countries to consider visiting Pakistan.

      Nadeem, himself a former first class cricketer, said that the tour of World XI has been made possible with the collective efforts of the PCB and the international cricket council (ICC). “PCB received unprecedented support from the game’s ruling body, the ICC,” he said, adding, “The next three months were of greater significance for Pakistan cricket in view of the visits of three foreign teams.”

      PCB BOG member said that successful holding of the final of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League was the ‘game changer’ for Pakistan cricket and Najam Sethi – who was the PSL chairman – at that time put in strenuous efforts to ensure that ICC officials, as well as the officials of different cricket board, watch the final to oversee the arrangements made for the safety and security of the finalists teams.

      To a question, he said that the strategy adopted by the PCB worked well and finally the ice was broken with the announcement of tour of World XI next month. “The newly-elected PCB Chairman Najam Sethi is really concerned about the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and he held special meetings with the ICC officials and different cricket board including Sri Lanka and West Indies on the sidelines of ICC meetings and during other international cricket events and finally got their nod for visiting Pakistan,” said LCCA Chief.

      He said that the World XI is a star studded team which has the representation of top notch cricketers of seven countries and its presence in Pakistan will mark the resumption of international cricket on a high note.

      “The most important aspect is the successful holding of World XI tour to Pakistan as it will pave the way of the Lankan and Windies teams to visit Pakistan in October and November,” he said, adding, “Lahore will be hub of international cricket activities in coming months and lovers of the game will be watching quality cricket in their own backyard to see a new era of cricket happening in Pakistan.”

      https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/08/28/khawaja-nadeem-welcomes-world-xi-tour-to-pakistan/
       
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      World XI tour to give new identity, Zaheer Abbas says

      Lahore: Former cricket captain, Zaheer Abbas said on Monday that the tour of ICC World XI will give new identity to Pakistan cricket and will serve as an effective medium for the resumption of international cricket in the country.

      “It is a new beginning of international cricket in Pakistan after a long gap and definitely it will serve the cause of cricket in the country,” he told APP here.

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      Zaheer praised the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board and the international cricket council for taking collective measures for ensuring the return of international cricket in the country.

      “Both (PCB and the ICC) worked hard together in close coordination to address this issue (return of cricket) and it is good to see that finally these efforts have yielded productive results as the World XI is visiting Pakistan to play three T20 games,” said the former batting great.

      Zaheer, a former president of the ICC, pointed out that during his stint with games ruling body, he also encouraged and supported the moves of the PCB for the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. He said it was unfortunate that Pakistan was deprived of international cricket during the past nine years and its cricket arenas wore a deserted look and cricket suffered a lot.

      He said it was unfortunate that Pakistan was deprived of international cricket during the past nine years and its cricket arenas wore a deserted look and cricket suffered a lot.

      “But these dark nights are now finally over and a new era of cricket will soon begin and a full house at the Gadaffi stadium will welcome the arrival of international cricket,” he asserted.

      Zaheer appreciated the efforts of newly elected PCB Chairman, Najam Sathi for taking constructive measures for making it possible that foreign teams agree to visit Pakistan.

      The former batting icon said due to PCB’s persistent efforts Sri Lankan and West Indies have also agreed to visit Pakistan in coming months which will be making Pakistan cricket ‘memorable’ as watching three foreign teams playing quality cricket will have a greater impact on our national cricket.

      “Cricket is a binding force and adds to national unity and brotherhood, it is the identity of Pakistan globally due to country’s excellence because of teams success in world cup, champions trophy and other elite cricket events,” he said adding “the resumption of international cricket will help in enhancing the confidence and experience of the players while playing in their own stadiums in front of lively crowd,” he said.

      He wished PCB all the success in holding the World XI tour in a smooth manner.

      http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/p...give-new-identity-zaheer-abbas-says-1.2081568
       
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      Rana Naved terms World XI tour as a milestone

      Former cricketer Rana Navedul Hasan on Wednesday the termed International Cricket Council (ICC) World XI’s tour to Pakistan as a milestone that would prove a valuable medium for Pakistan cricket.

      The World XI will play three Twenty20s for the Independence Cup against Pakistan under lights at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15.

      Talking to APP, Rana, also renowned as a specialist ‘death’ bowler, praised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi for his tremendous efforts in reviving international cricket in the country.

      Rana hoped that everything goes well and World XI team’s tour to Pakistan leaves cherishable memories for the whole Pakistani nation. “Our nation is starving for international cricket and this news has given them a ray of hope to seeing international cricket once again,” he said.

      Rana, who was voted the ‘2008 Man of the Tournament,’ also credited Sethi for organising two successful sessions of Pakistan Super League (PSL) saying it had helped in bringing talented youngsters to fore.

      “Sethi is a seasoned man and is running cricket affairs very well,” he said. Speaking about the five year ban imposed on batsman Sharjeel Khan for his part in a match-fixing ring, Rana said it is a very good decision as anyone who is found guilty should be banned for life.

      “We have to set examples for youngsters so that no one could even dream of bringing a bad name to the country,” he said. Rana’s career with Pakistan saw him take 110 wickets in 74 ODIs between 2003.

      Mickey Arthur says Pakistan ‘safe for cricket’



      Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur terms World XI tour as Pakistan’s best chance to announce that it is safe for cricket.

      While talking to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), he said that Pakistan is a safe country to play cricket. He said that Pakistani fans will get to see their heroes after restoration of cricket which is great for nurturing talent in the country.

      While talking about Pakistan s current pool of players, Arthur said that Sarfraz Ahmed is an aggressive captain and other senior players present in the team, he can play till the next World Cup 2019.

      Arthur said that Pakistan has an immensely talented pool of young cricketers who can play an important role for Pakistan in the next World Cup. “We need to give these young cricketers more opportunities in the international arena,” he said.

      https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/08/30/rana-naved-terms-world-xi-tour-as-a-milestone/
       
    37. chandtara
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      World XI tour to pave way for international cricket: Yousaf

      LAHORE :Former Pakistan Cricket captain, Muhammad Yousaf said on Thursday that the tour of ICC World XI will pave the way of international cricket to Pakistan.

      "It is beginning of resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and it is going to be a very important cricket activity after a long gap of almost nine years",he told APP here.

      Former reliable and stylish batsman said people of Pakistan have waited long for the resumption of cricket, specially the youth whose number one favourite game across the country is cricket.

      "The wait is finally over and we will be seeing a high profile cricket activity taking place in Lahore as the ICC World XI is a blend of finest players chosen from seven cricket playing countries", he added.

      Yousaf acknowledged the hard work and continuous efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board for making strenuous efforts for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.

      "PCB stood firm on its stance of having cricket in Pakistan and it pleaded country's case at all the international forums in a very professional manner and the international cricket council also supported its stance and finally decided to send its World XI to Pakistan", he said.

      The former Pakistan captain was of the view that return of the international cricket will serve the cause of cricket in Pakistan, especially at the youth level as the young generation will be getting big inspiration by seeing the world class players in action at their own ground.

      "When I was young ,I learnt a lot of cricket by watching foreign players playing in Pakistan on different occasions and it was a big way of learning which eventually helped me to become a quality cricketer", he quoted his own example in this regard.

      Yousaf said the newly elected Chairman of the PCB , Najam Sathi deserves praise for ensuring the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

      "He (Sathi) launched Pakistan Super League and made it a success, then its final was successfully organised in Lahore and all these efforts served as trust building measures which helped in convincing the ICC and other cricket playing countries to send their teams to Pakistan", said the former batsman.

      To a question, he said, he was ready to serve Pakistan cricket in any role and he has special passion to work at grass root level for the betterment of game.

      "Even my services are also available for the PSL and its participating teams because whatever I have earned in life is because of cricket and I will be delighted to serve the game to contribute in the national duty ?,he asserted.

      Yousaf said the next three months are very important for Pakistan cricket as after the tour of World XI, Sri Lankan and West Indies teams will be visiting Pakistan.

      "These are defining moments of Pakistan cricket and they will decide the course of visits of foreign teams in near future and once again we will be having international cricket events in different parts of the country on regular basis",he added.

      http://www.brecorder.com/2017/08/31...to-pave-way-for-international-cricket-yousaf/
       
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      Gaddafi will light up with glee, says Waqar

      Only the strongest survive trying times, and when they do, they emerge stronger than ever. Same will be the case with Pakistan in general and Lahore in particular, which in former coach Waqar Younis’ words will be ‘lit’ when true international cricket makes its way back to the country after eight long years.


      Although a short tour featuring Zimbabwe did materialise back in 2015, the cricket-mad country’s fans wanted to see a sizable, substantial opponent on home soil. They demanded a tour where top players from major cricketing nations visited the country and faced their local heroes as opposed to minnows and castoffs.

      Their wish was finally granted when a South Africa captain Faf du Plessis-led World XI team was set up to play three T20Is in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

      With every single cricket fan in Pakistan happy and waiting anxiously for the tour, pace legend Waqar Younis’s case is no different as he too is cherishing the return of international cricket to the cricket-famished country.

      “It has been nearly 10 years since international cricket was played on this ground [Gaddafi Stadium],” he said while talking to the Pakistan Cricket Board. “A few matches were played here before but it is great to see [true international]cricket returning to the country. Of course, it is a huge deal for the fans; it is a moment of great glee for all of us.”

      The 45-year-old feels the grandeur of the World XI tour will not be any less than India’s historical visits to Pakistan.

      “I hope the fans will enjoy as much as they used to enjoy when India visited this place,” he said. “I hope the fans will celebrate the return of international cricket with fervour and the air of Gaddafi Stadium will be filled with colours of happiness.”

      ‘Gaddafi will be full’

      Waqar, while recalling his Gaddafi Stadium memories, claimed the ground would seem to shrink when cricket-hungry spectators flood in for the matches.

      “Our generation was lucky; we lived in a time when international cricket was played regularly in Pakistan,” he said. “Now, when the new kids will see cricket happening in the country, it will be a moment of great pride for us.”

      He continued: “The stadium will be full. When World XI will visit, other teams will start to come too, and this stadium will not be able to take the toll of fans. People are hungry to watch live cricket, to watch their heroes play in front of them. Those were good days (when cricket was played in Pakistan), but better days are coming soon.”

      ‘Thanks to people who made it possible’

      Like all other former cricketers and analysts of Pakistani origin, Waqar did not leave the opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the World XI visit possible.

      “I want to thank all the international players, the coaches, the management, whoever is coming on the tour, whoever is coming and supporting us,” said Waqar. “It is a big thank to them.”

      He concluded by telling the World XI players to get ready for a grand reception.

      “Hopefully, we’ll be able to express our happiness in front of them. They’ll see. The Gaddafi Stadium is going to light up and things are going to start moving in the right direction,” he said.

      http://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/world-xi-visit-gaddafi-will-light-glee-says-waqar/
       
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      World XI tour to Pakistan a milestone: Younus

      ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan cricket team captain and winner of 2009 World T20 Cup Younus Khan has said that the tour of World XI team to Pakistan is a milestone and help the country in reviving international cricket.

      Talking to The Nation, Younus termed PCB chairman Najam Sethi as saviour of Pakistan cricket and hoped after World XI, more international teams and players would continue to come and play in Pakistan. “It is a great omen that with the star-studied World XI is touring Pakistan. Najam Sethi should continue to work on bringing more teams to Pakistan, as it should not be the end of the road. More international teams should come thick and fast as it will provide long-deprived Pakistani cricket fans opportunities to watch international stars playing in front of them.”

      The former captain said he would like to give credit to Sethi for hosting the PSL-2 final in Lahore. “It was due to his all-out efforts and support of the armed forces and security agencies that international players trusted in our abilities and played in the PSL final in Lahore. According to my opinion, Sethi has fulfilled all the promises, which he had made so far.

      “The tour of World XI is not a joke, as all the players, who will travel to play in the Independence Cup, are world-famed and mega stars and their presence will definitely give huge boost to Pakistan cricket and involve more and more youth in cricket. Pakistan cricket badly needs that boost and I am sure after World XI successful visit, Sri Lanka and then West Indies team would also come and play in Pakistan,” he added.

      When asked whether he would be able to watch World XI matches, Younus said he would be very busy but tried his best to spare some time to witness highly entertaining matches. About his future plans, the former captain said: “My services are always available for Pakistan and for this, I don’t need any particular roles. I have met with Najam Sethi and informed him about my commitments, upon which he gave me too much respect.”

      When asked how Pakistan team would cope without him and Misbah, the former cricketer said the green caps must have to come up with wonders. “One day, we had to leave the field and others had to replace us. I feel we had the depth and talent to replace anybody, but boys’ had to work very hard. For next few months, the team has to play matches against top Test playing nations, so I can see the head coach and PCB have enough time to prepare Test squad. Pakistan is blessed with so much talent and I am sure if the PCB and selectors should find out fresh talent and groom them well to fill the void.”

      “The Champions Trophy victory had given Pakistan cricket a new lease of life and it was very important for Pakistan cricket to win that mega title and that too against India. Nothing could replace that and green caps proved their mettle and Sarfraz led the team from the front. I am sure he will be able to lead Test team with same zeal and take Pakistan cricket to next level. My best wishes are always with Pakistan team. I will decide about my future role soon,” Younus concluded.

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