World XI make it 1-1

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

"All this formed the basis for a World XI tour", he explained.

Pakistan will take on World XI in the second Twenty20 global (T20I) of the Independence Cup 2017 at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday evening.

Pakistan's security situation has improved but it needs to work on confidence-building measures to convince major teams such as Australia and England to tour, International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said on Wednesday.

Sethi further added that in an attempt to gain confidence of global teams on the security of Pakistan, the PCB has employed a FICA and ICC backed security company.

Even before the 2009 incident, foreign teams already had concerns about touring Pakistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, which sparked the invasion of neighboring Afghanistan and the "war on terror".

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"This tour is going to lose money because security considerations' have been enormous".

Miandad said the Gaddafi Stadium was seen jam-packed in both Twenty20s which clearly shows that our nation was starved for worldwide cricket from a long time. "The World XI playing in Pakistan will send a positive message to the world that it is a safe country to play in", the Dawn quoted Richardson as saying.

"The magnificent victory in the ICC Champions Trophy [in June this year] coupled with the Test team's top ranking [for a brief period last year] lifted our cricket to a new level and now the world [teams] want to play series with Pakistan", he said. "Certainly I think the intention would be to bring more and more Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches to Pakistan".

He said it was unfortunate that Pakistan was deprived of worldwide cricket during the past nine years and its cricket arenas wore a deserted look and cricket suffered a lot. "World XI players should convince their teams to tour here when they go back home", he said.

The ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson feels that the World XI's tour to Pakistan ushers a new beginning for worldwide cricket to return to the country.

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