On 3 March 2009, a militant group containing 12 gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan Cricket team near the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore which was touring Pakistan. They were on their way to play the third day of the second test match which was to be played against Pakistan. Six members of the Sri Lanka national cricket team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed. The Sri Lankan Cricket Team was immediately sent back to their homeland.
Since then, doors of international cricket were closed upon Pakistan. It has been 8 years since Pakistani grounds were filled with the chants of Pakistan, the stands have been empty since then.
The Zimbabwe Cricket Team toured Pakistan in 2015 but it didn’t help a lot. We are thankful of them by our hearts for making us to visit our grounds again and taking our hopes to a higher level.
Cricket comes home, the world XI is set to tour Pakistan. The grounds will be crowded, the hearts of the people will become alive again and hopes will be high. The excitement of watching our players representing Pakistan in front of us is getting higher day by day. The long wait of the nation is yet to end in a couple of days. The patience of the people and the players is about to end. The struggle has finally showed its colors.
After 9 long years the Pakistani soil will taste international cricket. The ICC will be sending a World XI team to tour Pakistan and it will play a 3 match T20 series in Lahore.
Chairman PCB Najam Sethi said:
“This is a very big thing,” Sethi said. “September, October and November are big months. It’s a big agenda, we need your prayers and we will open the doors and international teams will come. Pray that we keep our security solid. The Punjab government has given us the signal and preparations are in full swing.”
The World XI will be consisted of astonishing players like Faf du Plesis (C), Hashim Amla, Paul Collingwood, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller and Samuel Badree. Andy Flower will be the Coach of the World XI. The World XI series has been in talk after the successful Final of the PSL was held in Lahore. The people can’t wait to see their grounds getting alive again.
Written By Tooba Bint Sara.