WorldXI vs Pakistan

World XI vs Pakistan

Pakistan cricket supporters everywhere will be rejoicing this week when the national team takes on a World XI at home, the first big international matches in the country since March 2009 and that fateful moment in Lahore when cricket was attacked by terrorists.

Since then, Pakistan’s cricketers have been forced to spend their time playing in exile with all “home” matches shifted to the United Arab Emirates.

Although kind and generous hosts playing in the UAE is just not the same as playing in Karachi, Faisalabad and Multan and the whole country has missed the great game’s presence, one that has been part of Pakistan since the country’s formation back in 1947.

This, hopefully, is a first step to getting international cricket back on home soil, something all Pakistan supporters want from the bottom of their hearts.

And what a prospect it is, these three T20 matches that pit Pakistan’s white ball maestros, recent winners of the ICC Champions Trophy, against a World XI captained by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, a team that also contains great players like Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Australia’s George Bailey.
We therefore salute those brave cricketers who have defied the security experts who still say Pakistan is too dangerous to visit, a directive Zimbabwe ignored when they toured a few years ago.
Credit, too, to the International Cricket Council, and in particular to Giles Clarke, head of ICC’s Pakistan task force, for forging ahead with this three-match series of T20 games when it would have been easy to kick the issue back into the long grass. A cricket-mad nations awaits agog in anticipation – so thank you.

Author: Moghees Sheikh, ICA Chairman

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