Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Grant Elliott finds Pakistan safe for global cricket

Grant Elliott finds Pakistan safe for global cricket

"Pakistan Government, its security agencies and the PCB put in tremendous efforts for a collective cause of resumption of worldwide cricket and ICC duly supported and acknowledged these efforts and sent its World XI to the country", he said.

Faf du Plessis-led World XI will look for a repeat performance and seal the series when they play Pakistan in the final T20 match at Gaddafi stadium.

Ben Cutting (5) was castled by Hasan Ali (2-28) while Amla was run out as World XI reached 43 for three in the powerplay.

The World XI chase was off-tracked after the experienced Hashim Amla (21) and Du Plessis (13) were both run out, as they lost wickets with regular intervals. But this is sure that the most loved game by the Pakistani people will come back to their country.

Despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) pushing for more international cricket in Pakistan, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has ruled out the possibility of his side touring the country in the near future.

In an illustrious carreer, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 98 T20Is, scoring 1716k, 8064 and 1405 with the help of 11 worldwide hundreds.

"I have always spoken for this trend, those who have served Pakistan cricket should be given a proper and memorable send-off", said the former captain.

He said: "Pakistan is an unavoidable part of the global cricket community and the Pakistani people are very passionate about the game".

Zimbabwe had toured Pakistan amid heavy security back in 2015, and Lahore has been converted into a fortress for the ongoing Independence Cup which is now levelled at 1-1 with one more game left.

Najam Sethi expressed his gratitude to the ICC for lending hand for the resumption of global cricket to Pakistan by sending its World XI.

Pakistan has shown the cricketing arena that safety is not an issue anymore when it hosted the three game T20 series against a World XI side in Lahore.

"The World XI is fully backed and supported by all the Test playing countries, all the professional cricketers union as well as the ICC".

"We can empathize with Pakistan, because the problems Pakistan is facing in arranging these tours, we face similar circumstances back home", Cameron said. "It will be good for the children to see their heroes play", he hoped.

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