The Pakistani cricket fans are breathing a sigh of relief as the game is finally returning to the country after a wait of over 9 years. In the round of preparations for the tour, ICC World XI has invited dashing Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal to represent their team in the three-match T20I series in Lahore. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বিশ্ব একাদশে খেলার আমন্ত্রণ পেলেন তামিম!]
It has been learnt from various reliable sources that the Southpaw will play for World XI. A source from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said that Andy Flower has already talked to Tamim and Nazmul Hasan Papon about this series.
Provided boards from all the other countries issue the NOC (No Objection Certificate), there’s no stopping the opener from representing the World XI side next month in Pakistan. Furthermore, the team would be managed by former Zimbabwe batsman and England coach Andy Flower.
Earlier on Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the return of international cricket to the country with three separate sides, including the World XI team, scheduled to visit after years of isolation over security concern.
“We are getting positive signals and the doors of international cricket are opening on Pakistan. We will play a full series with Sri Lanka in the UAE after which Sri Lanka will come to Lahore for a T20, so things are shaping up,” commented the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi, in Lahore.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com