We're playing for something bigger than cricket itself

12 September, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Pakistan will play three T20s against World XI

World XI, comprising of global cricketers from around the world, are in Pakistan to play three Twenty20 matches at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.

The players comprising the World XI hail from seven different countries, and landed in Lahore with a view to reviving cricket in Pakistan.

Cricket-lovers in Pakistan and around the world will hope that the Independence Cup will be a success and open the door for more global tours to Pakistan in the future.

"It has been a long and tough journey as the PCB, Pakistan players and fans have been starved of the opportunity to stage, play and watch worldwide cricket in their own country".

Clarke thanked the PCB and hailed the courage of all stakeholders, he also congratulated Andy Flower - the coach of World XI - for arranging the side and talking the global players into visiting Pakistan. "I think this is a brilliant thing, cricket coming back to Pakistan, so probably proud moment for everyone including me". The first time he represented Pakistan was at the World T20 in 2009, just months after the attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Pakistan vs World XI T20 series of Independence Cup will be broadcast live on PTV Sports in Pakistan and Indian viewers can watch it on DSports.

When asked about his preparations against Pakistan team and whether he has some special plans to deliver, he said: "No, I don't have any special plan".

The visit of the World XI, who are being coached by Andy Flower, could be the first of many in what might well prove to be a watershed year for Pakistan cricket. "But I am confident that we can give tough competition to the World XI".

Despite the inevitable obstacles that Pakistan cricket will face in its attempt for complete revival of the worldwide game in the country, the unanimous view was that this was the time to cast doubts aside. Sri Lanka are scheduled to play one of their three T20Is against Pakistan in Lahore in October, and West Indies may also play a series of three T20Is in November in Pakistan. "But this is a very big milestone and we're all looking forward to it", adds Zaidi. "We are hopeful that after this series, global cricket will be regularly played in the country".

The emerging theme from the series between Pakistan and the World XI is that it's more than just cricket, with the feeling that this is the first time real, high-profile worldwide cricket returns to Pakistan. He expressed his affection for a country he toured three times in five years, as well as the 1996 World Cup, and his satisfaction at being able to do a favour for a country that he said was a "great supporter" of Zimbabwe cricket. When he was compared by a journalist with Pakistan leg spinner Shadab Khan, he said: "Shadab is a good talent and I hope he will do his best".



Aviva plc's (AV) "Overweight" Rating Reaffirmed at JP Morgan Chase & Co
The stock of Spire Healthcare Group PLC (LON:SPI) earned "Equal Weight" rating by Morgan Stanley on Thursday, August 25. It fall, as 46 investors sold USB shares while 425 reduced holdings. 61 funds opened positions while 163 raised stakes.

Coutinho in Line for Sevilla Match, Confirms Klopp
He added: "I'm not sure it's quite that easy, but if it is that easy - if we bring him in and then everything is great again - then that's cool".

Ezekiel Elliot's Return Highlights Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants
The Giants' secondary consistently came up with big plays - their 17 interceptions were fourth in the league a year ago . Not only is Ezekiel Elliott playing in this game, he'll be playing the whole season just as I predicted.

Aaron Donald ends holdout but won't play Week 1
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Donald and the Rams have yet to agree to a new contract and will continue negotiations. In 2017, Donald has a $1.8 million base salary and will carry a $3.2 million cap hit.

What Arsene Wenger has suggested Liverpool did to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The England worldwide moved to Anfield ahead of the transfer deadline in a deal reported to be worth £35million. You can't do that with 11, 12 or 13 players, you need a squad.

Cleveland Browns lose a close season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger looks to pass against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 10, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. The ball bounded into the end zone where it was recovered for a touchdown, the first of the day, in very Browns fashion.

Destiny 2's microtransactions are gross, and totally par for the course
Read: Destiny 2 Classes: Which Class Should You Choose? Maddeningly, Bungie has refused to do this for Destiny 2 . Frustratingly, the PC version of the game, set to release in late October, features an uncapped frame rate.

Suspect in active shooter situation at OH high school in custody
Columbus Police said they were called about an active shooter at 8:33 a.m. and arrested a suspect by 8:58 a.m. Just before 8 a.m. (CT), people were being asked to avoid the areas of South High Street and Southgate Drive.

Hurricane Katia Makes Landfall on Mexico's Gulf Coast
Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose . It was expected to gain some strength but the effects of Irma were seen eventually weakening that storm.

OR awards game balls to childhood cancer survivors following win over Nebraska
The Huskers answered early in the second quarter, with a quick four-play drive pulling the Huskers within seven again. Pierson-El juggled the ball for a second and used the OR defensive back to help come up with the slick grab.