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".

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