February 24 2018

Cricket Returns To Pakistan And Twitteratis Can't Hide Their Excitement

February 24 2018, 05:57 | Van Peters

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and World XI Captain Faf du Plessis unveil the trophy of the Independence Cup.─DawnNews

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and World XI Captain Faf du Plessis unveil the trophy of the Independence Cup.─DawnNews

"When this whole thing came about, you do think about those sort of things, but as soon as we spoke to the people who were in control of the security, the planning, things were fine", Du Plessis said.

Now, Pakistan is at it.

The three-match series will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on September 12, 13 and 15 respectively. "Since the incident (Sri Lanka team attack in 2009) this is my third event in Pakistan". A long road to recovery after the shocking and moronic attack on Pakistan sports has reached its defining milestone.

After a long gap of almost 8 years, the Pakistani crowd will finally get to see their team face an opponent.

South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who will lead the World XI side touring Pakistan in the upcoming three-match T20 series, has said the worldwide players in his team will be playing for something bigger than the game itself.

The World XI team in itself not short on sub-continent experience despite the Indian players giving the series a miss. Check it out here.

He said Pakistan was rich in cricket talent which was evident from Pak team's achievements in the field of cricket and the people of Pakistan want to see worldwide cricket being played in their own backyard.

"I told (teammates) very positive things because I have been coming here to meet my family every year", he said on Monday.

The team of World XI arrived at the Lahore airport today and were given a warm welcome by PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi. "Worldwide cricket should resume in Pakistan, absence of cricket was being greatly missed", he further added. "It is not just cricket, but much more than that".

"I am proud to be captain of the World XI, to be bringing global cricket back to Pakistan".

"I wanted to watch all of the three matches but could not get tickets", said aspiring cricketer Rameez Sindhu.

"I have good memories of playing there and we managed to win that series when not many teams could do it". The Pakistan government had beefed up the security to ensure worldwide players across the globe did not opt out.

Since the rise of T20Is in the sub-continent coincided with Pakistan's worldwide isolation, it's a little tricky to predict how the global players will take to the conditions on offer.

"Hope it will help bring cricket back in Pakistan, slowly and safely back to Pakistan". The ICC taken a fantastic initiative. Pakistan has not hosted top-level worldwide cricket since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.

"It should have started at some stage".

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