Pakistan likely to host T20 series against World-XI

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The doors of international cricket have finally opened for Pakistan after hosting the final match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) second edition in Lahore as International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering to send World-XI team to Pakistan for a Twenty20 series in September.

The series named as Independence Cup is likely to be held just after Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day and will comprise four matches at the Gaddafi Stadium.

England and Wales Cricket Board President and ICC’s Pakistan Task Force Head Giles Clarke lately lauded Pakistan’s efforts in providing security for the PSL final which has proven Pakistan to be a suitable host for international cricket. He added that Cricket cannot leave Pakistan alone.

“The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action,” he said. “The world of cricket needs to help Pakistan who cannot continue to play their home fixtures overseas. The youth need inspiring, and the national teams need far more cricket played in familiar terrain. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan.”

The vising team will assemble on September 17 in Dubai and will fly to Lahore to play four matches of Twenty20 format on September 22, 23, 28 and 29. The rest of the details will be finalised shortly.

The doors of international cricket have finally opened for Pakistan after hosting the final match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) second edition in Lahore as International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering to send World-XI team to Pakistan for a Twenty20 series in September.

The series named as Independence Cup is likely to be held just after Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day and will comprise four matches at the Gaddafi Stadium.

England and Wales Cricket Board President and ICC’s Pakistan Task Force Head Giles Clarke lately lauded Pakistan’s efforts in providing security for the PSL final which has proven Pakistan to be a suitable host for international cricket. He added that Cricket cannot leave Pakistan alone.

“The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action,” he said. “The world of cricket needs to help Pakistan who cannot continue to play their home fixtures overseas. The youth need inspiring, and the national teams need far more cricket played in familiar terrain. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan.”

The vising team will assemble on September 17 in Dubai and will fly to Lahore to play four matches of Twenty20 format on September 22, 23, 28 and 29. The rest of the details will be finalised shortly.

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