ICC plans to send World XI to play in Pakistan
According to one of the most powerful news publishers of England, The Guardian, International Cricket Council is planning to send a World XI to Pakistan later this year, probably in September. The gesture came after Pakistani authorities have successfully arranged the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পাকিস্তানে বিশ্ব একাদশ পাঠাচ্ছে আইসিসি!]
The Guardian reported about a four match series, tentatively on 22nd, 23rd, 28th and 29th of September in Lahore. PSL Chairman Najam Shethi also confirmed Pakistan newscaster The Dawn that ICC has a plan to make a return to Pakistan. However Shethi said the number of matches in the series and the dates are subject to change.
“I can’t reveal more details at the moment but we are in touch with boards of other countries and we will inform (the public) soon. The decision to hold the international Twenty20 series was previously dependent on the success of PSL final which was why we chose not to make the development public” – Najam Shethi said.
Shethi revealed ICC Pakistan Task Force Head Giles Clarke visited Pakistan earlier this year and promised to assure ICC once Pakistan could successfully arrange the PSL final. Clarke said, “The desire is to give the cricket starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action. The world of cricket needs to help Pakistan, who cannot continue to play their home fixtures overseas. The youth needs inspiration and the national team needs far more cricket played in familiar terrain. Furthermore, terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up of Pakistan.”