ICC mulling World XI series in Pak

- Agence France-Presse, LONDON

Jun 25, 2017-

Plans for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan moved forward on Friday when the sport’s global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI to the country later this year. 

With the exception of Zimbabwe’s tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore. But Friday saw the International Cricket Council, following the conclusion of its annual meeting in London, announce that plans for a World XI to play in Pakistan later this year were “continuing to be developed”. The ICC board said it had agreed to support a three-game Twenty20 series between Pakistan and a World XI in a bid to help revive international cricket in the country. 

All the matches would take place in Lahore and be accorded full Twenty20 international status, the ICC said, adding “further details will be announced in due course.” After Pakistan’s stunning 180-run win over arch-rivals India in the final of the one-day international Champions Trophy at The Oval last week, coach Mickey Arthur said he hoped the visit of the World XI would go ahead. “We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games,” he said. “So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope.”

 Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board and head of the ICC’s Pakistan task force said,  “The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action. “Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan.”

Published: 25-06-2017 09:47

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