PCB allows national players to return to CPL, county cricket

Lynette Rowe
August 22, 2017

According to Sethi, the ICC has promised to give Pakistan $1.2 million over the next three years for the revival of worldwide cricket in the country. No Test nation has toured the country since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus.

The PCB made the change after Pakistan board chairman Najam Sethi announced that the National T20 Cup, which had compelled the PCB to revoke the players' NOCs, had been rescheduled for November, following official confirmation of the World XI series in Lahore.

Former England captain Paul Collingwood is reportedly among the big names that will be unveiled this week in a World XI for their historic T20 series in Pakistan next month.

The government has promised presidential-level security for the week-long tour by the World XI side, which will be a 15-man squad comprising players from all top Test-playing countries.

Flower had been assigned to select the World XI squad and the tour is financially supported by the International Cricket Council.

"Players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have agreed to play the World XI tournament in Pakistan".

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The team will be led by Andy Flower as coach and also includes South Africans Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

"The tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the ICC World XI team's three match series in Lahore in September and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC sponsored worldwide security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI in September", the Caribbean board said in a statement.

"We will play a full series with Sri Lanka in the UAE after which Sri Lanka will come to Lahore for a Twenty20, so things are shaping up", he said.

Sethi said the return of worldwide cricket to Pakistan was a gradual process.

Earlier, Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala also expressed his desire to send his team to Pakistan for a T20I game in Pakistan while the Pakistan board is in discussion with the West Indies Cricket Board for a possible series in October.

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