ICC congratulates Pakistan on successfully hosting World XI's tour

  • ICC congratulates Pakistan on successfully hosting World XI's tour

ICC congratulates Pakistan on successfully hosting World XI's tour

South Africa's Faf du Plessis praised Pakistan's effort to win back confidence of foreign cricket teams and resume global cricket at home.

The decision to hold the Independence Cup in Lahore has helped the desired objective - to convey to the world that situation in Pakistan was normal against the sustained propaganda campaign by its detractors and the perception built overseas due to terror-related incidents.

Hosting of this short cricket series is a major step towards the revival of cricket in Pakistan and to convivence the other countries to play cricket in Pakistan.

"The way Pakistani people and the crowd - particularly at this ground - cheered for us at the end of the second game, which we won beating the home team, made us feel right at home", Flower explained.

"We welcomed them in a memorable way and we are here to cherish the achievements of our great players besides watching a thrilling match", they added. After the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan team, only Zimbabwe toured the country for a bilateral series in 2015.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was honoured during the third and final T20I between Pakistan and World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "We got some food delivered at the hotel, and we had some good time to spend together as a team, so that's wasn't an issue at all", said Faf.

"Now that the first step has been taken, there will be more steps on way", he said. On the 15th September 2017 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron has announced that the West Indies team will visit Pakistan in November for a three-match T20 series.

Darren Sammy as always loved playing in Pakistan and his smile says it all!

A complete return of global cricket to Pakistan in the near future seems unlikely at the moment.

"The ICC has already agreed to invest in security and improving the security capabilities for a three-year period", Richardson said, adding that he would like to see other countries sending their teams to Pakistan.