Pakistan news March 6, 2017

Lahore final could pave way for World XI visit to Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

The PCB is looking to build upon the momentum of a successful and incident-free Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore on Sunday, by hosting a T20 series in the country against a team of foreign players in September this year.

It is unclear currently what the nature of the touring side will be. A senior PCB official said it would be a "commonwealth XI" but a report in the Guardian referred to a World XI.

Giles Clarke, the ECB president, and head of the ICC's Pakistan Task Force, is a driving force behind the venture. He visited Pakistan in January and was given briefings on security arrangements for visiting sides. It was his first visit to the country as head of the Pakistan Task Force and he met with senior officials of the Punjab government to assess the security arrangements. He then gave a presentation on his visit at the ICC board meeting soon after.

On Monday, he congratulated PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan on the "successful staging" of the PSL final, calling it a "tremendous achievement". Referring to the series, he said: "Very well played. We will be there in September."

According to the Guardian, the team that will visit Pakistan is expected to assemble in Dubai on September 17 before flying to Lahore for the matches on September 22, 23, 28 and 29.

Among the international players to play in the PSL final were Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Chris Jordan and Morne van Wyk, who travelled in bullet-proof buses to the ground amid high security.

Sammy, who captained Peshawar Zalmi to a 58-run win in the final, spoke in glowing terms about the experience.

"To me it was more than just a game," he said after the match. "When you have not been in a place you always have your doubts. You get different views, different opinions. But I spoke to Javed [Afridi, the Peshawar team owner] and Shahid Afridi and they influenced my decision to come here.

"The fans here deserve to see their players playing as they haven't seen it for quite a while. I am glad I came here. Being here felt like playing in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere else in the world. And like I said at the toss, today I felt cricket was the winner."

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  • Dawood on March 9, 2017, 22:28 GMT

    good step but it will be even better if overall security improves in Pakistan.

  • anuj on March 9, 2017, 12:07 GMT

    Mark my words, the world XI team will be just like the quality of overseas player in PSL final. Even a kid knows that if at all world XI visits PAK it would be devoid of quality players like AB, Amla, Dhoni, Warner, Smith, Kane, Kohli, Root and many more. @CRICKET_MASTER_MIND Your wish sounds more like an order, is it ? First try and host teams like AFG, BD, SL and WI. Only then you can think of hosting IND, AUS, ENG, SA, NZ.

  • Dar on March 9, 2017, 9:12 GMT

    Good new for world cricket in general and PCB in particular- yearning for the moment to see cricket as a game wins and is being played in pakistan yet again

  • Jawwad on March 9, 2017, 2:55 GMT

    @CurrynOz - The ones who have had the opportunity to taste the hospitality have different views.

  • imran on March 8, 2017, 22:14 GMT

    Instead of a world 11.. they should invite a board and next year play all the play offs as well in Pakistan. Hopefully by that time security situation will improve further.

  • Cricinfouser on March 8, 2017, 13:19 GMT

    @CRICFAN34683935. I don't know whether it's a jealousy or pessimistic approach your comments aren't welcoming. Attacks happen everywhere, more somewhere than other, sadly one attack was directed at Sri lankan team. Living in harmony is the way forward not just keep on nitpicking on everything your neighbour does!

  • Ashhar on March 8, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    Good news for cricket, because if there is no International Cricket in any full member nation, it will become an associate nation in 10 to 15 years.

  • P on March 8, 2017, 5:24 GMT

    PSL final in Lahore and now they announced world eleven in September 2017 visit and play four T 20 matches against Pakistan. Is Lahore only city in Pakistan? What about Karachi?? Is it Pakistan cricket board and team or it is one particular region cricket board and team???????

  • Sammy on March 8, 2017, 4:45 GMT

    How much guarantee is PCB willing to provide to terms of US dollars?

  • chatwi7475393 on March 8, 2017, 0:21 GMT

    Cricket was in safe hands in past couple of yrs. Not sure of future. If a team tour there, the touring team will get attacked but not Pakistan team. Everyone will be aware and I expect 3rd or 5th class grade XI from world will participate here.

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