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Global cricket returns to Pakistan!

12 September, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Christina Hansen
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"It is a historic moment that the ICC-chosen World XI having noted players from seven cricket-playing countries is playing in Pakistan and definitely it is going to have a long lasting impact on the country's cricket", he said.

"Pakistan are a formidable team on the world stage and I've yet to play there, so it's an opportunity to play in new conditions".

The World XI squad arrived in Lahore on Monday amid tight security. "But this is a very big milestone and we're all looking forward to it", adds Zaidi.

"They are very confident that this will be smooth sailing".

Cricketers from seven countries landed in Pakistan late on Sunday night.

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"We, as the World XI, would also like to offer our sympathy and condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in terrorist acts in Pakistan", he said. Flower took feedback from his younger brother Grant, who has been the Pakistan batting coach for the past three years.

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

Credit has to go to the ICC (International Cricket Council), the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and more importantly the players for accepting the invitation to go to Pakistan and play a series. Both the teams are now fully focused on the T20Is scheduled for September 12, 13 and 15 and have started their preparations for the same.

The once overcrowded stands of the stadiums and echoes of chants in favor of Pakistan have always been endangered from the grounds of this country but there's hope that this series would be the start of a new journey for the players of fans of Pakistan.

The World XI takes on Pakistan in the first of three Twenty20 internationals on Tuesday. Also, at least 500 meters of the main road leading to a five-star hotel where the teams are staying is completely cordoned off.

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"We've had a warm welcome".

The players from England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand agreed to come to the country for the matches in an effort to give a boost to cricket in Pakistan.

"This is probably the most fortunate thing to happen to Pakistan cricket in the recent past", says Rashid.

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"I can assure all Pakistan cricket fans that we have missed playing in front of them", Ahmed said. "As you all know, this has been the reason for global cricket staying away from this great cricketing nation".

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Ongoing security issues have made it hard for Pakistan to host global games, with "home" matches instead taking place in the United Arab Emirates.

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