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World XI going to Pakistan to reintroduce international cricket

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 01:15

Pakistan has missed out on international cricket for years after security concerns

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SHOWS: DUBAI, UAE (SEPTEMBER 10, 2017)(ICC - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) HASHIM AMLA SAYS: "The whole idea is to try to have a slow and safe return of international cricket to Pakistan. I remember a couple of years ago when there was a launch of the ICC, well a proposed ICC test world championship, I bumped into Misbah at that stage and, thinking that even though you are playing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, it can't be too bad, you know. But he just mentioned how would you feel if for 10 years you didn't play in your home ground? How would the people feel? And at that moment it just resonated with me and understanding how difficult that is, and total credit to the Pakistan cricket team that over so many years they still manage to do really well. That sort of resilience is a quality attribute to have, so I think it is extremely important that cricket comes back to Pakistan for the Pakistani people, for the interest of the game worldwide because obviously the more people who are following the game the more interest there will be in it and also for the youngsters growing up they need to see their heroes back." STORY: A World XI, captained by South Africa's Faf du Plessis, is flying to Pakistan for a series of three Twenty20 cricket matches against a Pakistan national team, only the second such visit in eight years. Barring a short visit by Zimbabwe two years ago, Pakistan has been starved of international cricket since 2009 when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lankan players in Lahore, wounding six players and killing six security staff and two civilians. The World team will arrive early on Monday (September 11) and play their first match in Lahore on Tuesday (September 12). There are also plans for a Sri Lanka team to play one match in Pakistan as part of a larger series in September and for the West Indies to play three matches in Pakistan in November. South Africa's Hashim Amla, one of the World XI, said the idea was to have a "slow and sure return of international cricket to Pakistan." He said he realised that the Pakistan people were starved of cricket when he spoke to Misbah-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain. The World XI for the Independence Cup is: 1. Faf du Plessis (captain) (South Africa) 2. Hashim Amla (South Africa) 3. Samuel Badree (Windies) 4. George Bailey (Australia) 5. Paul Collingwood (England) 6. Ben Cutting (Australia) 7. Grant Elliott (New Zealand) 8. Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) 9. David Miller (South Africa) 10. Morne Morkel (South Africa) 11. Tim Paine (wicketkeeper) (Australia) 12. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) 13. Darren Sammy (Windies) 14. Imran Tahir (South Africa) Pakistan's 16-member squad is: 1. Sarfraz Ahmad (captain/wicketkeeper) 2. Fakhar Zaman 3. Ahmed Shehzad 4. Baber Azam 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Umer Amin 7. Imad Wasim 8. Shadab Khan 9. Muhammad Nawaz 10. Faheem Ashraf 11. Hassan Ali 12. Amir Yamin 13. Muhammad Amir 14. Ruman Raees 15. Usman Shinwari 16. Sohail Khan

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World XI going to Pakistan to reintroduce international cricket

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 01:15