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First major international cricket tours to return to Pakistan

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 01:01

Pakistan Cricket chairman announces three international tours of Pakistan due to take place later this year.

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SHOWS: LAHORE, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 21, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English/Urdu) PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD (PCB) CHAIRMAN, NAJAM SETHI, SAYING: "Now this is a very big thing. In September, October and November we will have World XI, we will have the Sri Lankan team and then we will have the West Indies playing here. It's a big agenda, we need your prayers and we will succeed by the grace of Allah. We will open the doors and international teams will come as we had promised to you. These were very difficult objectives but we persuaded the world about the passion of Pakistani people and now we have started receiving positive response." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD (PCB) CHAIRMAN, NAJAM SETHI, SAYING: "The announcement follows discussions between Cricket West Indies' president Dave Cameron and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi. Both sides have expressed a desire to facilitate the return of international cricket." STORY: Three international cricket tours of Pakistan will take place later this year, announced Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sathi at a news conference in Lahore on Monday (August 21). The tours will be the first by Test-playing nations since the attack on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009 which left six of their players injured and eight people, including six policemen, dead. A World XI, managed by Zimbabwe's former captain Andy Flower, will play three T20 matches in Lahore next month, with the players, expected to be from the world's top Test-playing countries, to be announced later this week. This will be followed by a visit to Pakistan by Sri Lanka in October during the two teams' test, ODI and T20 series being played in the UAE with the possibility of the T20 matches taking place in Pakistan. The West Indies will then play three T20 matches in Pakistan in November. Sethi added that the International Cricket Council (ICC) security team will be visiting Pakistan later this month to review security measures.

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First major international cricket tours to return to Pakistan

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 01:01