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12 September, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Worldwide could return to Pakistan after the three Twenty20 Internationals between Faf du Plessis-led ICC World XI and Sarfraz Ahmad-led Pakistan cricket team, which won the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

But after having successfully staged the 2017 Pakistan Super League final in Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board are confident that the country can provide top-notch security to worldwide teams.

It is the first high profile series in Pakistan since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 led to their isolation from International Cricket.

Apart from a tour by Zimbabwe in 2015 to play a limited-overs series, the chances of a restoration of worldwide cricket in Pakistan were to take a backseat despite the best efforts of the PCB.

The Azadi Cup matches between Pakistan and World XI players starts tomorrow. "Nothing is more joyous (than for the team) to be playing cricket in Pakistan".

"The World XI looks forward to celebrating the return of worldwide cricket in Pakistan".

It is a series being celebrated around the country as the future of Pakistan as viable host hinges on the success of the series, which has been ratified by the ICC and holds T20 global status.

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. We are just happy that after a long time Pakistani cricket fans can watch worldwide action at home", Du Plessis said. The all-rounder went on to praise the PCB, and chairman Najam Sethi, for their efforts in bringing cricket back to the country as well. "One day the whole Indian team will visit Pakistan", he said. It will be good for world cricket. "In the last few years I've managed to play around the world in different conditions and this (Pakistan) is an extension of where I would like to play".

The streets of Lahore were swathed in posters of the visiting players and advertisements for the matches.

With the ICC World XI reaching Pakistan to play three T20s in Lahore, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram is elated. "We are here to celebrate Pakistan's 70th anniversary of independence, play our part in the revival of worldwide cricket in Pakistan, and play some great cricket in front of the Pakistani people".

"You do think about that sort of thing, but as soon as we spoke to the people who were in control of the security.as a player all you want was that peace of mind and they gave it to us". "I am very excited to have cricket back home after a long time and it is a moment of joy", Sarfraz said.



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