Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

World XI departs after historic tour of Pakistan

World XI departs after historic tour of Pakistan

Pakistan was deprived of worldwide cricket since 2009 when Sri Lankan team was attacked by militants in Lahore due to which Pakistan became a no-go zone for foreign cricket teams.

"One thing I think we all should remember is that these are baby steps and I am sure that the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) will take one safe and steady step at a time", the star sportsman said in his opening statement during the post-series press conference. "I've never been part of a game where there's been so much emotions and appreciativeness from the crowd, when they are cheering you as if you are playing at your own home crowd, so that's very good to be part of".

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi added.

Since then, the only worldwide team to visit Pakistan was Zimbabwe, which played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015.

From Dubai, the World XI players will depart for their respective countries.

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"Now that the first step has been taken, there will be more steps on way", he said.

Overjoyed at the upcoming tours, Sethi informed that Sri Lanka has also green-lighted playing single T20 worldwide on October 29 in Lahore.

The president of West Indies Cricket Board David Cameroon has announced that the Caribbean side will visit Pakistan in November. The upcoming visits of West Indies and SriLankan teams will pave a way for other teams to visit Pakistan. The two were given a standing ovation by a packed 25,000 crowd.

Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq was also giving a farewell reception. Responding to this announcement Shahid Afridi thanked Najam Sethi and said; "Nothing better than supporting this noble cause".

"The ICC has already agreed to invest in security and improving the security capabilities for a three-year period", Richardson said, adding that he would like to see other countries sending their teams to Pakistan.

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