The Pakistani Nation was deprived from International cricket for so many years but now, slowly, cricket coming back to their home grounds to make them more than contented and gratified. The news of World XI touring Pakistan is making Pakistani fans dance with joy.
On Saturday in Karachi, The Chairman PCB, Najam Sethi confirmed that the world XI is coming to Pakistan in the month of September.
“World XI is coming to Pakistan and this is confirmed,” Sethi publicized.
Sethi said ‘‘World XI team will have big names from all the top cricketing nations’’ while speaking at the development program ceremony held for Lahore Qalandars’ players in Lahore.
“All top players will come,” he said, adding “the world XI tour will be followed by a visit by Sri Lankan team”.
Najam Sethi also praised Lahore Qalandar’s franchise for it’s efforts for player’s development program.
“They are a dedicated team and working for the benefit of Pakistan Cricket” Sethi said.
According to PCB sources, South Africa’s key batsman, Hashim Amla and the king of leg-spin bowling, Imran Tahir will hopefully be included in the World XI squad.
Former Zimbabwe captain and England coach Andy Flower is playing a key role in putting together the World XI team and has made progress in talks with Amla and Pakistan-born Tahir, the sources said.
There’s a probability that Darren Sammy might lead the team.
A list of 13 players featuring in the World XI squad will be announced in the next few days, the sources added.
The World XI tour was initially scheduled for late September, but the Punjab government apparently instructed the PCB to push back the tour dates before the NA-120 by-election on September 17.
A security report on the planned tour will be delivered soon by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), which will help in persuading international players whether it is safe to come to Pakistan for cricket.
The cricket fans are waiting desperately for the tour to start so they can witness the starting of a new era in which Pakistan stadiums will be able to host great events of cricket. We hope that everything will go as planned and the tour will come to an end with a new ray of hope for the peace of Pakistan.