ICC to continue supporting cricket in Pakistan

Shahid Afridi Lits up Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium During His Farewell Reception

"Returning full-time worldwide cricket back to Pakistan is not going to be an overnight miracle". Australia last toured Pakistan in 1998.

"From my point of view, as chairman of the ICC's Pakistan task team, I am very pleased that we have accomplished this and I am sure the players will talk to their colleagues and we will see the return of bilateral worldwide cricket to 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. "Being an ambassador of Pakistan cricket, it is our duty to promote a positive image of Pakistan wherever we go", he added.

Since then, the only global team to visit Pakistan was Zimbabwe, which played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015.

Du Plessis was one of five South Africa players in World XI, along with Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. The PCB has had to rely on heavy financial incentives for the visiting players to draw them to the country so far.

"Now that the first step has been taken, there will be more steps on way", he said.

Addressing a press conference along with PCB head Najam Sethi, President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron confirmed that the Carribean side would play three T20s in November.

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

The Sri Lankan cricket board has also announced that they will send their players for a single T20 match on the condition of successful completion of this World XI series.

Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq was also giving a farewell reception.

It is later known that Afridi had agreed to do a lap of honour rather than receive an award or reception by the PCB. Along with him Shahid Afridi too was on the ground.

The series between Pakistan and World XI has garnered a lot of hype and interest.

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