World XI team to tour Pakistan announced; Faf Du Plessis named captain

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World XI team to tour Pakistan announced; Faf Du Plessis named captain

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    World XI Squad:
    Faf Du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, David Miller, George Bailey, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine (WK), Paul Collingwood, Grant Elliot , Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel & Imran Tahir

    Matches to be held on 12,13 & 15 September.

    Faf Du Plessis to captain World XI against Pakistan in Independence Cup

    Star-studded squad comprises players from seven Test playing countries; Lahore to stage T20Is on 12, 13 and 15 September.

    Du Plessis: “I look forward to my maiden tour to Lahore and play my part in the safe and gradual resumption of international cricket in Pakistan”

    Najam Sethi: “This will be an auspicious moment for Pakistan cricket and I am positive that it will serve to open the doors of international cricket in Pakistan”

    Sarfaraz Ahmad: “I am confident that following the success of these matches, Pakistan will not only host regular international series but at other international cricket centres as well”

    Andy Flower: “All the players are satisfied and comfortable with the security arrangements that will be put in place for the series and happy to be part of the first step towards the safe return of international cricket to Pakistan"

    The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a star-studded 14-member World XI, which comprises players from seven Test playing countries and will be captained by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis. The World XI will play three Twenty20 Internationals for the Independence Cup against Pakistan under lights at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 12, 13 and 15 September.

    The World XI includes five players from South Africa, three from Australia, two from the Windies, and one each from Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

    Apart from du Plessis, who is South Africa’s Test captain, the World XI also includes England’s ICC World Twenty20 2010 winning captain Paul Collingwood, who scored 108* off 68 balls in a T20 Blast game against Worcester in July; Windies’ Darren Sammy, who inspired his side to ICC World Twenty20 titles in 2012 and 2016; former number-one ranked Test batsman Hashim Amla; Bangladesh’s explosive opener Tamim Iqbal; Australia’s former ODI and T20I captain George Bailey; David Miller of South Africa, who is considered as one of the best finishers in modern day cricket, as well as T20I specialist Grant Elliott, who famously steered New Zealand to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final with a last-ball six against South Africa in Auckland.

    The World XI for the Independence Cup is:


    1. Faf du Plessis (Captain) (South Africa)

    2. Hashim Amla (South Africa)

    3. Samuel Badree (Windies)

    4. George Bailey (Australia)

    5. Paul Collingwood (England)

    6. Ben Cutting (Australia)

    7. Grant Elliott (New Zealand)

    8. Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

    9. David Miller (South Africa)

    10. Morne Morkel (South Africa)

    11. Tim Paine (Wicketkeeper) (Australia)

    12. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)

    13. Imran Tahir (South Africa)

    14. Darren Sammy (Windies)


    Former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower will be the coach of the side, which will arrive in Lahore on 11 September after attending a two-day camp in Dubai.

    World XI captain Faf du Plessis said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as captain of such a diverse, attractive and well-balanced side. Like most of the players, I look forward to my maiden tour to Lahore and play my part in the safe and gradual resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.

    “All the members of the squad have complete faith and trust in the assessment and judgement of the security experts, who have assured us that there will be no comprise on the safety and security of all those involved in the series. As professionals, we are getting paid to play in the series, but the bottom-line is that if we didn’t feel safe, no amount of money would get us there. In this background, we will land in Lahore with nothing except cricket in our minds.

    “In my career, I have featured in some very exciting matches against Pakistan but playing Pakistan in front of its passionate supporters will be a unique occasion, which I can’t wait to experience. As a player, I understand the importance of playing in front of home crowds and that is something I’m sure the Pakistan players will relish.”

    PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said: “On behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the cricket loving public, I welcome the ICC World XI team to Pakistan to play in the three-match TI series.

    “This will be an auspicious moment for Pakistan cricket and I am positive that it will serve to open the doors of international cricket in Pakistan. Kenya and Zimbabwe have already been here and featured in high-voltage matches with rapturous crowds.

    “Recently, we successfully organized the final of the PSL’s second edition in Lahore, which proved to be a catalyst in gaining the confidence of the international community to come and play here. Now we are on the threshold of an exciting series between the winners of the Champions Trophy and am ICC in team boasting the top cricketing stars from seven nations.

    “I would like to congratulate Mr. Giles Clarke, Chairman of ICC's Pakistan Task Force, for helping facilitate the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. I am confident that this World XI tour shall be a harbinger of other full member nations visiting us in the months to come.”

    Hashim Amla, who visited Pakistan with Graeme Smith’s side in 2007, said: “I am looking forward to the trip to Pakistan. The rehabilitation of my injured shoulder is progressing well and I am confident of being fit for the matches.

    World XI coach Andy Flower , who visited Pakistan in 1993, 1996 and 1998 with the Zimbabwe cricket teams, said: “I have enjoyed all my previous tours to Pakistan and look forward to returning to Lahore next month.

    “All the players are satisfied and comfortable with the security arrangements that will be put in place for the series and happy to be part of the first step towards the safe return of international cricket to Pakistan.

    “We now look forward to playing some exciting cricket so that we can entertain the Lahore crowd, which has waited long enough to see local as well as international stars live in action in their backyard.”

    Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “I am really excited to see the World XI team coming to Pakistan and keenly look forward to playing in front of our committed crowds and supporters. I can assure all Pakistan cricket fans that we have missed playing in front of them, like they have missed watching us live in action. But this wait is about to end and I am sure better times lie ahead of all of us.

    “I am confident that through this tour of the World XI, the global cricket community, including players, media and visitors will get a better understanding and perception of Pakistan, which is a peace-loving and extremely hospitable nation that loves its cricket.

    “I would like to congratulate the PCB and ICC for making this tour happen, and look forward to some exciting matches in front of the packed Gaddafi Stadium. I am confident that following the success of these matches, Pakistan will not only host regular international series but at other international cricket centres as well.”
     
The author is a medical student and an avid fan of Pakistan cricket.
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      5 South Africans
      3 Australians
      2 West Indies players &
      1 each from SL, BD, ENG & NZ.
       
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      SubhanAllah. What amazing people for agreeing to tour. Respect to all the team
       
    3. godzilla
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      better than I would have expected so well done all round. lets hope it all happens safely and happily.
       
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      Now all they need in the Pakistan team to face them are Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Azhar Mahmood.
       
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      ICC welcomes World XI Tour of Pakistan

      The International Cricket Council has welcomed the World XI’s tour of Pakistan following the naming of the team which will travel to Lahore in September and confirmation that the three game series will go ahead.

      Mr Giles Clarke, the ICC Director who has served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Task Team since 2009, was optimistic that the series will be the first step towards international cricket returning safely to Pakistan with further T20 International matches against Sri Lanka and the Windies penciled in for later in the year.

      Mr Clarke, who had visited Lahore in January, said: “I’m delighted that Pakistan will be hosting a high-profile series, which features several top international cricketers from a number of ICC Members. This tour is not only important for cricket in Pakistan but also for international cricket since it opens the possibility of other teams, media and sponsors visiting Pakistan for bilateral series.

      “Pakistan has been an important Member of the ICC and the cricket community has felt its pain. As part of its duty of care, the cricket community has always ensured that the sport is not affected due to no fault of the Pakistan Cricket Board when it has continued to play its away series off-shore.

      “The ICC Members releasing their top players and the respective player unions backing this series is testament to the support the world has extended to Pakistan during these difficult times. The focus of everyone in the international game is the safe return of cricket to Pakistan.

      “It will be an excellent opportunity for Pakistan fans to watch live in action not only their local stars but also the international cricket heroes. I wish the PCB and the World XI best of luck and will be following the matches from the Gaddafi Stadium.”

      The Pakistan Task Team, which was formed in June 2009 and also included ICC Chief Executive David Richardson (then ICC General Manager – Cricket), made 63 recommendations in June 2011 about the organisation of the game in the country.

      The PCB accepted most of those recommendations and it resulted in the side remaining competitive at the top level, evident from the fact that it reached the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, qualified for the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014, attained number-one Test ranking in September 2016, before winning the ICC Champions Trophy this year.

      Mr Richardson, who has been a regular visitor to Pakistan, said: “The ICC wants to see regular international cricket being played safely in all its Member countries and the World XI playing Pakistan in Lahore next month is a step towards that for the PCB.

      “The PCB’s plans for the tour will include comprehensive security arrangements for the safety and security of the players, officials, media and spectators. As such, the ICC is fully supportive of these games. That said, all the stakeholders will remain vigilant and re-evaluate the situation if required.

      “We are optimistic that this will be the next step in a steady and safe return of international cricket to Pakistan.”
       
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      Very impressed with the high profile stars that are coming. Some really decent well known talent there
       
    7. ComradeVenom
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      Looks a decent side but let's take it with a pinch of salt. Former English coach Andy flower who had good relations with English players could only convince a 41 year old to come and there are no stars from Australia.

      These are really the main two countries we need to convince and then others will follow.

      Overall still a good coup from PCB.
       
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      don't know who wrote this, but thats a load of bs. ijaz butt was the chairman and came out vocally and repetitively together with the board wholesale rejecting the majority of those 63 recommendations, a sub second search on google will evidence that in spades.

      if they had taken heed, it wouldn't have resulted in 8 years of no international cricket and the team languishing at the lower end of all format international tables for more time than they were at the upper end.
       
    9. Mohammed Bilal
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      What a team,I thought it would have 3/5 Stars and the rest of the players would be from Zimbabwe and Afghanistan I guess it's the money that has brought the big names,

      Who misses Out?
       
    10. Mohammed Bilal
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      Yes if we have plans of getting Humiliated at home,
       
    11. Omar
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      What's the worst that would happen? Lose one of the 3 games and also it is about playing them in one of the 3 games not all 3. :p
       
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      Aussies have never really toured Pakistan for more than a decade anyway so that was expected.

      As for England, KP would've been an option had he not opted out of the PSL final in Lahore earlier in the year. Had Malan not been a part of the England setup, he would have come as well for Jordan who's playing county.
       
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      Faf Du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, David Miller, George Bailey, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine (WK), Paul Collingwood, Grant Elliot , Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel & Imran Tahir

      1. Tamim Iqbal
      2. Amla
      3. Du Plessis
      4. Bailey
      5. Collingwood
      6. Paine
      7. Sammy
      8. Perrera
      9. Badree
      10. Morne Morkel
      11. Imran Tahir
       
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      World XI coach wants Pakistani fans to ‘see their heroes’

      LEEDS: World XI coach Andy Flower is looking forward to being involved in a series that enables Pakistan fans to "see their heroes" after years of being "starved" of international cricket, he told AFP on Friday.

      The former Zimbabwe batsman and ex-England coach was named Thursday as the man who will oversee a World XI that will play three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore next month in a bid to revive international cricket in Pakistan, where the sport has a fanatical following.

      Pakistan, a short series against Zimbabwe two years ago apart, has effectively been a ´no-go’ area for top-flight international cricket since an attack by armed militants on Sri Lanka´s team bus in Lahore in 2009.

      Since then Pakistan, who won this year´s International Cricket Council Champions Trophy one-day tournament in England, have played most of their ´home´ games in the United Arab Emirates.

      Now the hope is that the World XI fixtures will act as the forerunner to the resumption of full international cricket in Pakistan.

      "This is important both for Pakistan cricket and for Pakistan as a country as a whole," Flower told AFP in a telephone interview.

      "Pakistan is a major cricket nation and it´s very important for cricket there that the fans can see their heroes at home.

      "It´s something they´ve been starved off in recent years."

      Flower, now the England and Wales Cricket Board´s director of coaching, added he was looking forward to overseeing a World XI squad imbued with a "special spirit".

      "Of course they are professionals who will be getting paid.

      "But beyond the narrow confines of playing, I sense they are keen to do something for Pakistan cricket.

      "I think there will be a special spirit in the team," explained Flower, adding he had complete "trust" in safety arrangements overseen in part by ECB security expert Reg Dickason.

      South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will lead a side that also includes Australia´s George Bailey and South Africa´s Hashim Amla as well as former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

      Flower was the coach and Collingwood the captain when England won their lone global limited-overs title -- the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

      Flower is eager to experience the "passion" Pakistan has for cricket again.

      ´Proudest moment´
      "In the early days with Zimbabwe, many of our matches were against the sub-continental teams so we got to know their players well," he said.

      "In 1995, my brother Grant -- who has since coached Pakistan -- and I shared a record partnership by brothers in a Test (of 269) against Pakistan. He scored a double century and I got a hundred.

      "That was probably the proudest moment of my playing career," added the 49-year-old former left-handed batsman.

      Flower was also England´s coach when Pakistan´s Mohammad Amir, along with pace partner Mohammad Asif and then captain Salman Butt, was banned for deliberately bowling no-balls in a ´spot-fixing scam´ in the 2010 Lord´s Test.

      All three players were later jailed by an English court.

      ´Tumultuous´
      But since his return to international cricket in January 2016, Amir has starred for Pakistan in their Champions Trophy triumph and since then played a key role in taking Essex, Flower´s old club, to the top of English cricket´s County Championship First Division table.

      "That was a very tumultuous time for Pakistan cricket," said Flower, as he recalled the events of 2010.

      "While not condoning in any way what happened, he (Amir) was a young man who made a bad decision.

      "I believe in second chances and it looks like he´s taking his with both hands."

      https://www.geo.tv/latest/155319-world-xi-coach-wants-pakistani-fans-to-see-their-heroes
       
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      World XI players to receive PSL contracts: sources

      LAHORE (Dunya News) – It has been learnt through sources that the overseas players who will visit Pakistan in September to play for World XI will also receive contracts of Pakistan Super League (PSL), and those who are already a part of the league will be promoted in their respective categories.

      According to details, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will spend Rs20 crores on the tour, and the players will individually receive $70,000 to $100,000. However, $1.2 million to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) security team will be paid by the world governing body itself for three years.

      Earlier, ICC welcomed the World XI’s tour of Pakistan following the naming of the team who will travel to Lahore and confirmation that the three game series will go ahead.

      Mr Giles Clarke, the ICC Director who has served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Task Team since 2009, was optimistic that the series will be the first step towards international cricket returning safely to Pakistan with further T20 International matches against Sri Lanka and the Windies penciled in for later in the year.

      http://dunyanews.tv/en/Cricket/402925-World-XI-players-to-receive-PSL-contracts-sources
       
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      Shahid Afridi pleased with the World XI Tour, wishes Indian cricketers were participating in it

      Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi admitted that hewas thrilled as the ICC decided to support cricket in Pakistan again, with the World XI all set to play three T20 internationals on September 12, 13 and 15 in Lahore. However, Afridi wished to see some Indian players in the squad as well.

      Afridi has supported the initiative taken by ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring back international cricket to Pakistani soil. The World XI matches are scheduled to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on September 12, 13 and 15.

      He is nevertheless disappointed with the absence of Indian players in the World XI squad and tweeted that he wished there were some Indian players in the team too.

      Really pleased that PCB- ICC have joined hands to bring cricket back home to Pak. Would 've been great to see some Indian players too

      Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 25, 2017
      Since the terror attack in the year 2009 in Pakistan on the Sri Lankan cricket bus, no cricket has been played on home soil. Only two teams, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, toured Pakistan to participate in the bilateral series earlier. Sri Lanka is going to play a T20 series in Pakistan in November after World XI. West Indies is also interested in a T20 series.

      This time, Pakistan is getting good reviews and PCB has ensured that every player is given Presidential level security.

      “I am delighted that Pakistan will be hosting a high-profile series, which features several top international cricketers from a number of ICC Members. This tour is not only important for cricket in Pakistan but also for international cricket since it opens the possibility of other teams, media and sponsors visiting Pakistan for bilateral series,” said Giles Clarke, the former ECB chief who has played a key role in setting up the World XI tour.


      https://sportscafe.in/articles/cricket/2017/aug/26/sample
       
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      Iqbal ‘proud’ to be representing World XI

      Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has expressed his excitement towards representing the World XI in their three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan in Lahore next month.


      Iqbal is the only Bangladesh player in the squad, which features cricketers from seven different Test playing nations.

      The series is being used as a stepping stone to revive international cricket in Pakistan.

      Since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by militants in Lahore in March 2009, Zimbabwe have been the only Full Member nation to visit Pakistan, which occurred in March 2015.

      All the other Full Member countries have faced Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which is where Pakistan have been playing all their ‘home’ series.

      “I feel that representing the World XI is a big achievement for me and I’m very proud of it,” Iqbal was quoted as saying by The News International. “I think that 10 Test playing nations are like a family. Someone has to help international cricket get back to Pakistan.

      “They [ICC] have taken a fantastic initiative. If they are successful in hosting, I hope more international teams will visit Pakistan. It should have started at some stage. We have taken the first step. I think this is really a fantastic thing but it should have been organised a long time ago.”

      Iqbal has been in excellent form as of late as during the Champions Trophy in England in June, he was the tournament’s third-highest scorer with 293 runs, which included a century and two fifties, in four matches at an average of 73.25.

      The 28-year-old will no doubt be trying to replicate that form during Bangladesh’s two-Test series against Australia, which begins on Sunday in Mirpur.

      It has been confirmed that South Africa’s Faf du Plessis will captain the World XI, while former England head coach Andy Flower will coach the team.

      https://battingwithbimal.com/2017/08/26/tamim-iqbal-proud-world-xi/
       
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      Excited about experiencing Pakistan's cricketing culture, says Hashim Amla

      South African cricket star Hashim Amla says he is as excited about experiencing Pakistan's cricketing culture during the upcoming three-match World XI T20 series against Pakistan in Lahore next month.

      Five players from South Africa, three from Australia, two from West Indies and one each from England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh are part of the international squad.

      While talking to DawnNews about his hopes for the series on Saturday, Amla said: "We are happy to be helping in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, some of us are very excited about performing in front of the Pakistani crowd."

      "Pakistan is certainly one of the best T20 teams in the world. They just won the Champions Trophy, so they are certainly very competent," Amla said while talking about the opponent the all-star team faces.

      Talking about the advantage that Pakistan has of performing in front of their home crowd, that too after a long gap, Amla did not seem phased and said, "We are excited about enjoying the cricketing culture of Pakistan,"

      However, he did add that their schedule would be quite tough, with three matches "being held over a span of three or for days."

      "[But] we are excited that the World XI league is taking off and I think once we get started everyone will be very impressed," Amla said.

      Apart from Amla, players visiting Pakistan for the World XI league include South African Test captain Faf du Plessis — who will lead the squad — along with fellow countrymen Imran Tahir, David Miller and Morne Morkel; former West Indies captain and T20 specialist Darren Sammy, who also led Peshawar Zalmi to victory in this year’s Pakistan Super League final; Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal; former England captain Paul Collingwood; and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera.

      Other players are Samuel Badree (West Indies), George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Tim Paine (all Australia) and Grant Elliott (New Zealand).

      PCB announced the the Pakistan squad for the series on Friday. Sarfraz Ahmad will lead the team, while other names in the squad include:

      Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Baber Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Amir Yamin, Muhammad Amir, Ruman Raees, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan.

      https://www.dawn.com/news/1354080/e...pakistans-cricketing-culture-says-hashim-amla
       
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      Lorgat ‘delighted’ on international cricket’s return to Pakistan

      While expressing delight on the return of international cricket to Pakistan, Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday said that regaining the milestone of the visit of an international team was a crucial step in completely reviving international cricket in the country.

      Five players will represent the CSA – most from any country – in the World XI that is set to tour Pakistan next month. Lorgat explained that the players themselves felt it was right to support cricket in Pakistan.

      “The players made themselves available [for World XI] as they believe it is the right thing to do to support Pakistan and we encouraged them,” Lorgat told a group of Pakistani journalists here in a briefing ahead of the T20 Global League players’ draft.

      The CSA chief stated that it was important to support Pakistan, noting that his board enjoys a good relationship with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and that the World XI trip will prove to be a big step in building confidence for future tours.

      “It’s too early to say if an SA team would tour Pakistan in near future,” Lorgat responded when asked if there is any likelihood of South Africa visiting Pakistan soon. “Let’s see how [the situation] unfolds,” the CSA head said. “Sometime in future, we will see whether the team is ready to tour Pakistan,” he added.

      Speaking of Pak-India cricket ties, Lorgat said the two countries’ teams shouldn’t stop playing, but mentioned that it is something to be decided by the respective boards.

      “India-Pakistan series is for [the countries’ boards] to sort out,” he said. “We are from a country where Nelson Mandela [pushed people to] tolerate differences and respect diversity, so we want to encourage people to work together, be together. We all have differences but that doesn’t mean we can’t play together.”

      Lorgat also praised the Pakistan Super League (PSL), commenting on how the series became phenomenal for Pakistani cricket in a very short span of time and hoped the same would be true for South Africa Cricket through T20 Global League (T20GL).

      “Pakistani owners are passionate about the game,” he said, noting that how they love seeing youth develop and they want cricket to grow. “I have seen the program Qalandars do in Pakistan, with over 100,000 players participating. We are blessed to have such passionate owners on board with us for this league,” he said, referring to PSL owners in the GLT20.

      The CSA head added that League Cricket will have an important role in the promotion of the game but felt that it is still not in a position to take on football in the global industry. “Cricket can’t have future like football in leagues; there is a limited number of leagues that can sustain. International cricket is still the model that generates revenue for most of the country,” Lorgat said.

      https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/20...on-international-crickets-return-to-pakistan/
       
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      'Wonderful to see' cricket returning to Pakistan: veteran cricketer Graeme Smith

      CAPE TOWN, SA: Graeme Smith — the former South African captain and the head coach of T20 Global League team Benoni Zalmi — said Saturday night he is happy to see international cricket returning to Pakistan.

      Talking exclusively to Geo.tv here, the veteran cricketer of 117 test matches and 197 one-day internationals (ODIs) noted that Pakistani cricket has suffered a lot and that it is good to see that fans of the sport will be able to witness international cricket on home soil once again.

      “It is wonderful to see the game returning [to Pakistan] and fans able to experience international cricket,” Smith said, commenting on the ICC World XI series set to be held in Pakistan.

      He added, “It has been hard for Pakistan to not to be able to play cricket at home but the credit goes to the players and ICC [International Cricket Council] for launching cricket there again.”

      https://www.geo.tv/latest/155457-smith-happy-to-see-cricket-returning-to-pakistan
       
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      Faf du Plessis: World XI tour is about bringing fans back to stadiums

      As Pakistan are getting ready to revive cricket in their country, Faf du Plessis — the captain of World XI — is excited with the prospect of bringing the crowd back to the stadiums. Coached by former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower, the squad was announced last week. The list boasts of five South Africans, three Australians, two West Indians, one Bangladeshi and one Englishman. The matches will be played on September 12, 13 and 15.

      Since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team, most of the countries have denied playing cricket in Pakistan. Barring Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, none of the countries have visited the nation.

      Speaking more on revival of cricket in Pakistan, du Plessis told a private news channel, “The tour is about bringing international cricket to Pakistan. It is much more than just us visiting Pakistan. It is about Pakistan as a country and Pakistani cricket. We will be glad if we can play a small role to make sure that cricket is played there (Pakistan) because there are so many fans who are desperate to see cricket at home. Lots of young fans don’t have the opportunity to watch live cricket at home.”

      Du Plessis had visited Pakistan during his Under-19 days, when the stadiums were empty. This time he is hopeful to witness full house.

      He also is looking forward to take on Sarfraz Ahmed’s side, “I am looking forward to a houseful and hoping that the World XI can give a tough time to Pakistan. Teams playing the series understand that this is an iconic event for Pakistan cricket. It is about getting fans back to stadiums and we are going there to bring them (fans) back and that’s the most important thing.”

      http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...s-about-bringing-fans-back-to-stadiums-637105
       
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      Delighted to see international cricket returning to Pakistan: Allan Donald

      CAPE TOWN: Former South African bowler and one of the greatest fast bowlers the generation has witnessed, Allan Donald expressed his delight at the return of cricket to Pakistan.

      Terming the deprivation of Pakistani cricket fans as “catastrophic,” the South African star said he hopes for a complete return of international cricket to Pakistan.

      “I really feel gutted for the people of Pakistan being deprived and not watching international cricket at home, it is catastrophic actually,” Donald told Geo.tv in an exclusive interview in Cape Town on Sunday.

      “Let’s hope that slowly but surely cricket is returning to Pakistan because it’s a tragedy that it is not happening,” he said.

      The former South African bowler, who has over 600 international wickets to his credit, said that the tour by Faf du Plessis-led World XI team will be a massive boost for cricket in Pakistan.

      “I know that du Plessis is taking a World XI team over there [Pakistan] pretty soon to play three T20s in Lahore,” he said. “It’s going to be massive and I am sure that tickets are going to be sold out soon.”

      “I am happy that cricket fans will be able to see top cricketers in front of them,” he added.

      Donald agreed that the matches will be an opportunity for Pakistan to showcase its capability of safely hosting international events at home.

      “I am looking forward to watching those three T20Is,” he said.

      The former pacer also spoke about the launch of T20 Global League and hoped that it will support South African cricket.

      “This was much needed for South African cricket,” he said.

      “In 2013 at the Indian Premier League, I witnessed how Virat Kohli grew from a kid to a leader and a top cricketer he has become,” Donald remarked. “So, surely sharing the dressing room with top stars will help our youngsters grow as well,” he expressed.

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      Helping Pakistan is important for cricket, says Paul Collingwood

      Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who is a part of the 14-member World XI squad that would be touring Pakistan later this month, believes that the tour will prove to be a significant step in helping Pakistan host international fixtures again. World XI, led by South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, will be playing three T20Is in Lahore. The first two T20Is will be played on September 12 and 13, and the final game will be played on September 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

      In a column for the International Cricket Council ( ICC), Collingwood says, “There are lots of reasons why I am looking forward to playing in the World XI T20 tour of Lahore.

      Hopefully this can be a significant step in helping Pakistan host international fixtures again after eight years of playing in other countries, including their home series in the United Arab Emirates and England.”

      It should be noted that no Test side has toured Pakistan since March 2009 militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, killing 6 Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players. However, low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series.

      Collingwood, a veteran of 68 Tests, further said that it must have been quite demoralising for Pakistan’s players during the last few years as no international matches were held in their country because of security reasons

      “Playing away from their home would have done nothing to help them improve their game in the long-term and it must have been so frustrating,” writes Collingwood.

      The former England skipper, while pointing that the locals in Pakistan will want their team to win, believes that the Pakistani national will see the bigger picture and will be support the World XI too.

      “If teams are going to tour there again, it’s important that their supporters are also going to be safe to travel there.”

      “Trying to help Pakistan is important for cricket – and no-one can pretend the money isn’t great – but, added to that, playing them in their own back yard also really floated my boat,” he adds.

      http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...tant-for-cricket-says-paul-collingwood-639502
       
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      Ben Cutting hopeful of World XI matches inviting more international cricket to Pakistan

      Since the incident near the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore in 2009, Pakistan hardly hosted any international cricket. This resulted in less practice at home ground for the team, a loss in revenue and increase in expenditure to hold their home matches in UAE. However, post Pakistan’s maiden Champions Trophy title win, an ICC World XI side is all set to tour the country for a few matches and Ben Cuttingfeels this can benefit Pakistan in more international teams being interested to visit for cricket tours. What is even overwhelming is the fact that Sri Lanka, who were the victims of Gaddafi Attack, will visit Pakistan following the World XI matches.

      “Obviously there’s not been a lot of international cricket played there since 2009 when the Sri Lankans toured, but I think things have changed a bit since then. They played the PSL final there earlier this year, which went off without a hitch, and a few overseas boys were part of that. I spoke to a few of those guys, they were happy with it all, and I spoke with the security guys when I made my decision. It’s a big thing for world cricket to be able to take this sort of game there – a World XI against Pakistan,” Cutting told cricket.com.au about the matter.

      “Hopefully it goes well, I believe Sri Lanka are touring after us, and that might start the ball rolling for other international teams taking cricket back to Pakistan, which can only be a good thing for world cricket,” he added.

      When asked if his family is okay with him touring Pakistan, Cutting said, “They all trusted my decision. They understand it’s a pretty important game to be a part of, not just for myself but for cricket in Pakistan. So they’re comfortable with it.”

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      Visiting Lahore feels like going home, says Grant Elliott

      ISLAMABAD: Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott, who is part of the World XI squad touring Pakistan for a three-match T20 series next week, is looking forward to going to Lahore which he says already feels like home.

      “I have never been to Lahore so I’m really looking forward to that. I suppose, going to Lahore will feel like I am going home,” Elliott told cricket forum Pakpassion.net.

      The cricketer, who also represents Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars, said it is exciting to be playing cricket in Pakistan while also making a difference and playing a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan.

      “I hope that we are potentially taking a small step towards bringing international cricket back to Pakistan at some stage,” he said.

      The 38-year-old said he is hopeful that the Pakistan Cricket Board would be able to provide the same level of security as provided at the PSL final at the Gaddafi Stadium earlier this year.

      “These matches in Lahore will be a step or perhaps the turning point for international cricket to return to Pakistan,” he remarked.

      The World XI will play three T20s against Pakistan for the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15.

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      Mel Jones confirms she will not come to Pakistan for World XI matches

      Aussie commentator Mel Jones confirmed on Friday that she will not join the broadcasting team in Pakistan to cover three-match T20 series with touring World XI as her visa didn’t arrive on time.

      Jones will miss the T20 matches that start from September 12 and end on September 15. She wished all the best to both teams who will go head-to-head. “Was packed & ready to go but sadly the visa hasn t come through in time for @TheRealPCB v World XI. Here s to a g8 series! #PakvWXI,” she tweeted.

      Was packed & ready to go but sadly the visa hasn t come through in time for @TheRealPCB v World XI. v Here s to a g8 series! #PakvWXI

      — Mel MJ Jones (@meljones_33) September 8, 2017
      World XI is scheduled to play three T20s in Pakistan on September 12, 13 and 15. It was also reported today that pacer Mohammad Amir might get dropped from the T20 matches due to his back injury. So far, all the foreign players have agreed to visit Pakistan. World XI squad, including Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood and Ben Cutting, is captained by South African Faf du Plessis.

      PCB Chairman Najam Sethi assured that government and Pakistan Army have supported the cause and contributed a great deal in security arrangements. He said a successful World XI series will make way for tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies in the coming months. Sethi also revealed plans of international cricket return in Karachi next year.

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      Excited to part of World XI for T20I series vs Pakistan, says Thisara Perera

      With only a few days left for the much-anticipated World XI versus PakistanTwenty20 International (T20I) series, players participating in the matches have expressed their pleasure. Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera, who has been in and out of the national side, feels he is lucky to part of the squad.

      Speaking to dawn.com, Perera said, “ I was approached by World XI coach (Andy Flower) during the NatWest Blast and I was really excited and happy.” The World XI players will assemble in Dubai for few practice sessions before flying to Lahore. He further added, “Initially, my family was a bit scared but I told them that Pakistan is an Asian neighbouring country and we have to help them and stand behind them in their difficult times.”

      “I am proud to be the only player representing my country in the World XI. It is a big achievement to be selected,” he concluded.

      World XI and Pakistan clash in a 3-T20I series in Lahore labeled as the Independence Cup.

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      World XI tour to open doors for cricket in Pakistan: Darren Sammy

      DUBAI (Dunya News) – Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Saturday said that he has briefed the World XI squad today about his recent visit to Pakistan as captain of Peshawar Zalmi, reported Dunya News.

      Sammy said that he is yearning to come to Pakistan to eat the delicious food. He was addressing a press conference held in Dubai. The star all-rounder said that he will have to take coaching to learn Pashto.

      He asserted that World XI tour will open the gates for cricket in the country. “After the success of this tour, West Indies tour to Pakistan can be held with success too,” he hoped.

      Peshawar Zalmi captain gave his best wishes for the people of West Indies who are affected by the tropical storm Irma. He said that Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan are his best friends. Earlier in March, Peshawar Zalmi s captain Darren Sammy had visited Lahore and went back as a victorious captain.

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      Independence Cup to open doors for international cricket in Pakistan: Mickey Arthur

      LAHORE: Head Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team Mickey Arthur said on Sunday that the Independence Cup will open gates for international cricket in the country, adding that Pakistan wants to win the series.

      Arthur said that the series against the World XI is very important for the Pakistani side and they are not taking the other side lightly at all.

      “We are also focusing on World Cup 2019,” said Arthur while talking to Geo News.

      Pakistan Cricket Team Manager Talat Ali said that the World XI coming to Pakistan is a big news and the other side is a tough opponent.

      The morale of the players after winning the ICC Champions Trophy is very high, he added.

      The tickets for the much-awaited Independence Cup’s first match on September 12 have sold out, although fans are trying their best to get their hands on the tickets for the second and third matches.

      The Bank of Punjab’s 20 branches will remain open today from where tickets can be bought for matches two and three on September 13 and 15.

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      Pakistan team to begin training for World XI tour today

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      Meanwhile, Sarfraz XI and Imad XI are playing a practice match today to prepare for the Independence Cup.

      On Thursday, 13 players from the national squad for the series arrived at the camp in Lahore.

      Fast bowler Mohammad Amir will miss the early days of the camp, as he is with his wife in England who is expecting the couple’s first child.

      Spinner Shadab Khan is also likely to miss the first day of the training due to his commitment in the Caribbean Premier League.

      The World XI squad, captained by South Africa's Faf du Plessis, will arrive in Pakistan on September 11.


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      ‘Pakistan supporters are fantastic around the world’

      Dubai: South Africa’s prolific run-getter Hashim Amla will be playing in Pakistan after a decade.

      He is one of the star players in the World XI team that trained at the Dubai International stadium today prior to their departure for the three match T20 series against Pakistan in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15.

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      Amla carries with him great memories from his first tour in 2007 and hopes that this tour will be even more special and memorable.

      “I have good memories of playing Test cricket there and we managed to win that Test series when not many teams could do it. The crowd made the atmosphere great,” said Amla, who cracked a spectacular 71 in the first Test match of two-Test series in 2007 at Karachi that South Africa won by 160 runs. Amla scored 10 and 17 runs in the drawn second Test in Lahore.

      It is the excitement of playing before the Pakistan crowd that has prompted Amla to tour with the World XI apart from the main mission of trying to get international cricket back into Pakistan. “Pakistani supporters are fantastic wherever we have been in the world and they have been outstanding whenever we played them. Even when playing them in neutral venues the fans made it look like it is their home game. We are all really excited to get to Pakistan and be part of something special — of introducing international cricket slowly and safely back in Pakistan.”

      Amla, who averages 49 in Tests and 50.25 in One Day Internationals and 32.42 in T20 Internationals and has 26 Test centuries and 25 ODI centuries, loves challenges and considers a series against Pakistan to be exciting. “Pakistan are a very good team and they being the Champions Trophy winners they have always been a commendable team in T20. It is going to be really exciting and I think everybody will enjoy the competition and the atmosphere. Since we played against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy we have played against everyone in their team.

      So when Gulf News asked whether the World XI has the right combination to win over Pakistan, Amla said: “We have a very good team. I have played with our captain Faf du Plessis and three other South African players (David Miller, Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel). We have got quality in other international players. So we have a really good team but Pakistan are a quality team too. So hopefully it will be closely contested series.”

      Will the tour be a good preparation for him for the oncoming South Africa’s T20 Global League, Amla said: “Yes, for me personally, apart from the main factor of being part of something big, we have a series against Bangladesh when we get back to South Africa. So this can form part of my preparation of getting into the cricket season.”

      Revealing about how he transformed into a top player in all formats of the game, Amla said: “Every format takes its time. I have always felt that it is easier to adjust coming from Test cricket to the shorter formats. Over the years I have worked hard on my game. Initially when T20s were introduced, to be very honest, I did not enjoy it. I don’t think I quite understood how to find my way of playing into the format but as the years have gone by I have thoroughly enjoyed and found my way around the format and I’m now really enjoying T20.”

      http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/p...ters-are-fantastic-around-the-world-1.2087971
       
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      World XI team train hard for top show in Pakistan

      Dubai: The World XI team led by Faf du Plessis trained hard at the Dubai International Stadium under the scorching sun. The determination to produce top class performance in Lahore against Pakistan in the three-match Twenty20 series was evident in them.

      New Zealand’s star all-rounder Grant Elliott, with his face smeared in sunscreen lotion, worked hard on his batting, knowing well that Pakistan has some of the finest bowlers in the world.

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      When Gulf News asked Elliott as to how much will his team have to adapt to the conditions in Pakistan to win the series?, he said: “We saw Pakistan as an opposition in the Champions Trophy. Pakistan on their day are a very exciting team and their bowling is something special. Mickey Arthur (Pakistan coach) has done a lot in bringing exciting players like Fakhar Zaman, who played for Lahore Qalandars. Pakistan is always an exciting team and it is great they can play in front of their home ground. We also have got a very exciting team and we are keen to go there and entertain the crowd and make a spectacle of it. We want to try and win the series too.”

      Elaborating on his team’s plans, Elliott said; “I think in the next few days we will probably talk a little bit more in depth and do our analysis on the opposition. We will also work on a combination that will be playing them and I think we have got a very exciting team. ”

      Elliott has experienced the keenness in Pakistan cricketers of wanting to play international cricket in Pakistan as a member of the Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). “For me it is exciting to tour Pakistan because I personally know a lot of the Pakistan guys now. They all have spoken quiet passionately about how they want to play in front of their home ground though they don’t get the luxury of doing it. We have lot of guys in the team who are also excited to play in Pakistan.”

      Elliott has experienced the fervour of the Pakistan fans and how they root for their team’s success. 
Does Elliott think that the vociferous crowd support in Lahore can put pressure on the World XI team despite its experienced players?

      “I don’t see it as pressure, I think it is exciting. It adds to the whole excitement of the event. I have seen social media posts of fans that are going to the game saying that they can’t wait and they are counting down the hours. We have heard from Darren Sammy, who spoke to us about the Gaddafi stadium, and what it was during the PSL final this year. There are also lot of the cricketers in our team who haven’t played in Pakistan and they can now tick off Pakistan as a venue they have played around the world.”

      Would Elliott want the next PSL to be held completely in Pakistan? “To try and do that we have to access all the security concerns and once that is assessed you can make a judgement call on something like that. At the moment PSL is being run really well in Dubai and they also had the final in Pakistan and the rest is something for the officials to organise,” he said.

      http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/p...train-hard-for-top-show-in-pakistan-1.2088016
       
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      Afridi wishes Indian players were also part of World XI

      LAHORE: Flamboyant all-rounder and former skipper Shahid Afridi believes the World XI tour is an important development in restoration of international cricket in Pakistan.

      In an interview to BBC Urdu, Afridi said he was happy international cricketers were going to play on Pakistani soil, adding that it would have been even better if Indian players were also included in the World XI team.

      The all-rounder lauded Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi and his team for their efforts to bring international cricket back in the country.

      The people of Pakistan love cricket and they want to see international cricketers playing in front of them, he said.

      The former skipper rued that the cricket grounds in the country were not being utilized properly since last eight years, after a militant attack on Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 deprived the nation of global cricket action.

      The International Cricket Council's (ICC) World XI players arrived at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport amid tight security early Monday morning, a day before the much-anticipated three-match T20 series against Pakistan kicks off at Gaddafi Stadium.

      Upon arrival, Andy Flower — the coach of World XI — said he was hopeful to play a good series against Pakistan.

      "It's great to be here; we're looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket we put on the show," said Flower.

      "We've had a warm welcome. Thank you very much," he added.

      The 14-member ICC World XI side — led by South Africa's Faf du Plessis — is scheduled to play three T20 matches in Lahore on September 12, 13, and 15.

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      ICC’s Giles Clarke pays tribute to Pakistan for bringing international cricket back home

      LAHORE: International Cricket Council director Giles Clarke on Monday paid tribute to the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the passion of the cricket-loving nation in bringing international cricket back home.

      Addressing a joint press conference with PCB chairman Najam Sethi in Lahore today, Clarke said he was happy to see international cricketing action return to Pakistan.

      “It’s been a long road and I’m very happy to see international cricket finally return here,” the ICC director said, pointing out that Lahore’s successful hosting of the PSL final earlier this year was crucial in making the World XI tour possible.

      “Security teams from different countries were present here to review security arrangements for the PSL final, and it was [on that basis that] this World XI tour became possible,” said Clarke.

      The director also lauded the efforts of World XI coach Andy Flower in making the tour possible.

      PCB chairman Najam Sethi thanked the ICC for giving a go-ahead to the World XI tour and said the successful hosting of the PSL final opened the doors to international cricket in Pakistan.

      “We welcome you all to Pakistan, and we thank you for making this tour possible,” Sethi said, hailing all those who played a role in restoring global cricket action on Pakistani soil.

      “A lot more international cricket can now be expected here next year,” he added.

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      Andy Flower anticipates great cricket action during ‘Independence Cup’

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      LAHORE: Anticipating a great cricket action, World XI Coach Andy Flower on Monday said that he is glad to be coach of the star-studded team.

      The former Zimbabwean skipper was addressing a press conference here alongside with World XI captain Faf du Plessis when he said that the foreign players are glad to be part of this ecstatic moment as Pakistan is celebrating the return of international cricket.

      “This brave nation suffered for a very long time being deprived of international cricket,” Flower said.

      Terming the tour of international players as a significant milestone, Flower said that Pakistan helped Zimbabwean cricket a lot back in the 1990s.

      Coach of World XI Andy Flower presenting the playing shirt to captain @faf1307 #PAKvWXI#cricketkihalalalapic.twitter.com/WwHYWDNOZ1

      — PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 11, 2017



      On the occasion, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis said that he is glad playing in Pakistan. “Talking about these moments with family someday would definitely delight me,” he added.

      Expressing his excitement for participation in the historic series, he took pride in leading the World XI side.

      “It provides a rare opportunity for players to be a part of something bigger than just cricket,” Plessis said.

      Earlier today, the international players had arrived at Allama Iqbal International Airport here amid tight security, a day before the much-anticipated three-match Twenty20 (T20) series against Pakistan gets begin on Tuesday (September 12).


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      Tahir feels sensation of playing in front of family

      LAHORE - South African spinner Imran Tahir, who was born and raised in Pakistan, has expressed his delight to be part of the World XI and termed the tour of World XI to Pakistan as proud moment for him as well as the entire nation.

      Speaking at the media briefing after having the training session at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday, Imran Tahir said: “I have mixed feelings as I am very glad to be here and feeling great to play international cricket at home ground. Although I have to play against the team of my own country yet I am committed to my duty which is to perform well for the World XI.”

      When asked about his preparations against Pakistan team and whether he has some special plans to deliver, he said: “No, I don’t have any special plan. I have done my homework and I will try my best to give out my best. It depends on the day as one wins and other loses. I know the pitch of the Gaddafi Stadium, which is not good for me as it is mostly flat, even though I will try my best to perform very well.”

      To a query regarding any security issue the visitors have faced, Imran said: “There is absolutely no problem here. People are very positive and have given warm hospitality to their guests. There is Army, Rangers and Police everywhere to protect all of us so there is no security fear at all and we are looking forward very healthy and entertaining matches against Pakistan team.”

      He said he has encouraged most of South African players to visit Pakistan and play there. “I tried to convince all my team fellows and many agreed and some agreed to visit the country next time. I worked for the good cause and I will continue doing so. I want players come here and support Pakistan cricket.”

      Recalling his good days when he used to play cricket in Lahore, the South African spinner said: “Since my childhood to 2006, I played here and enjoyed my game a lot. I wanted to represent my country but it all depends on luck. But I am glad that at least I am an international player and representing South African team.

      He said it is a great moment that international cricket has returned home. “Credit goes to all who struggled very hard for this cause and at last, they have succeeded in resuming international cricket in the country. I am feeling proud and really exciting that I am playing in front of my family here.”

      When asked during the Independence Cup, whom he considers tough players from Pakistan side, Imran said: “Sarfraz Ahmad, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman and others play spinners well, so I have to work very hard against them.” When he was compared by a journalist with Pakistan leg spinner Shadab Khan, he said: “Shadab is a good talent and I hope he will do his best. I have my own style and game and I will bowl according to my game plan.”

      http://nation.com.pk/sports/12-Sep-2017/tahir-feels-sensation-of-playing-in-front-of-family
       
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      MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli On Pakistani Fans' Wish List As Cricket Returns To Country

      Pakistani fans were thrilled at the prospect of global cricket superstars visiting their country after such a long gap. Some, however, wished Indians cricket superstars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were part of the World XI side.

      In what could be the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, a World XI side landed in Lahore on Monday for a Twenty20 series against the hosts. Unprecedented security greeted the side, to be led by South African captain Faf du Plessis, at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. Since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, no top Test team has come to Pakistan due to security concerns and the International Cricket Council (ICC) also refused to send any match referee and umpires for the limited-overs series played by Zimbabwe in May, 2015 in Lahore. But the World XI tour, which is being seen by the PCB as a game changer to bring back international cricket to the country is not only supported by the ICC but the world governing body has also funded the visit of security experts to Lahore for the security arrangements.

      Pakistani fans were thrilled at the prospect of global cricket superstars visiting their country after such a long gap. Some, however, wished Indians cricket superstars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were part of the World XI side.

      @imVkohli.we miss u in lahore virat kohli.y u not comeee?

      — Imran rajput (@Imranra31593414) September 11, 2017
      #PAKvWXI Virat Kohli & Indians that is our Pakistani Nation who wants Virat Kohli performance at Lahore with spacious heart.This is cricket

      — Tahseen Raza???????? (@tahseenraza514) September 11, 2017
      #PAKvWXI Virat Kohli MS Dhoni our heartiest wish that come here entertain with their bating with legend style in World 11.Politics Profane

      — Tahseen Raza???????? (@tahseenraza514) September 11, 2017
      Definitely if Indian players like kohli and Dhoni visits to play there will be huge impact of returning of cricket in Pakistan ! https://t.co/OQlPI9a7Y6

      — Azhar (@Azharazzu25) September 12, 2017
      Earlier, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi too had expressed a similar view.

      Really pleased that PCB- ICC have joined hands to bring cricket back home to Pak. Would 've been great to see some Indian players too

      — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 25, 2017
      Indians fans wished Pakistan well ahead of their 1st T20 against the World XI.

      Good to hear cricket is back in #pak
      Love from India #PAKvWXI

      — Krishna Haranath (@iamharnad) September 11, 2017
      #PAKvWXI best of luck pakistan from ur friend India.may god restore cricket there and india pak play a series soon.

      — Pankaj stanley (@pankajstanley) September 11, 2017
      As an Indian i seldom want Pakistan to win any match but as a cricket lover i always want to see cricket coming back there !! #PAKvWXI

      — Ayush?? (@ayusingh7) September 11, 2017
      In having no Indian represent the WXI, @BCCI is just putting itself to shame as the world tries and hopes for cricket back in Pak. #PAKvWXI

      — Kashish Chadha (@crickashish217) September 11, 2017
      The short tour of the World XI side includes three T20 internationals scheduled for September 12, 13 and 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

      The ICC has also sent its match referee, Richie Richardson to supervise the series and an influential member of the world body, Giles Clarke also landed with the World Eleven side on Sunday night.

      Clarke who heads the ICC's special task force on Pakistan cricket has played an instrumental role in bringing the World Eleven to the country although the tour is going to cost the PCB a whopping USD 3 million in costs including payment of around USD 100,000 to each of the 14 players from South Africa, Australia, England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

      https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/ms-...ishlist-as-cricket-returns-to-country-1749087
       
    37. chandtara
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      Elton Chigumbura to follow World XI matches in Pakistan

      Mumbai, Sept. 11 : Zimbabwean all rounder Elton Chigumbura was the last international captain who visited Pakistan post 2009 terror attacks.

      Though no player from his country is a playing member of the World XI team against Pakistan this week except Andy Flower who is a coach, the 32-year-Chigumbura will be following the matches with interest.

      Speaking exclusively, he said, "I love watching cricket of other teams playing and will follow the proceedings in Pakistan".

      "I have been there two times one time with Zimbabwe team then the other time with T20 team and both times it was good. The security was on point and people there love their cricket and I enjoyed it".

      "From the last time I went it (Pakistan) was safe the security was good. They where on point they did a good job".

      Zimbabwe played all matches in Lahore.

      "We didn't move cities we were in one town and where we stayed there was a mall so it was ok. Those who wanted did go for shopping in the mall".

      The World team players reached Pakistan in the wee hours on Monday and the two teams were scheduled to practice at the ground in the evening.

      The players have been briefed about their movements.

      http://pcboard.com.pk/Articles/15/15703.html
       
    38. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani Cricistani

      Jun 10, 2011
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      Likely lineup

      Tamim
      Amla
      Faf
      Bailey
      Miller
      Elliot
      Cutting
      Sammy/Morkel
      Paine
      Badree
      Tahir

      What is this keeper ? Lol should have rather invited muhammad shahzad of Afghanistan.

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    39. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani Cricistani

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      Dont even remember who plays for Pak in t20s nowadays

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