Finally, the delightful news from the Pakistan Cricket Board comes up to the fans as they announced scheduled dates for the World XI series at Lahore. Pakistan declared yet another news for the cricket-starved fans that they will be hosting a series against the overseas team which will be the continuation for the return of international cricket in the country after starting with Sri Lanka.
The attack by militants on Sri Lanka’s Team bus seen the wrong side of Pakistan cricket as they lost the status of hosting a home series. Since then, Pakistan fans are dying over the years to enjoy the cricket in their own backyard, However, the latest news came like a serving juice for the person who is desperately searching for the water in the desert.
World XI series to start from September 10th:
The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi declared that the 3-match World XI series against Pakistan is scheduled to start on September 10th. 15-member squad for the series will be announced in the forthcoming days and will be trained by Andy Flower.
Pakistan is scheduled to play New Zealand in the first week of January 2018 and there were no series scheduled between the meantime which made PCB take a note of it. Their efforts to pull International cricket back to the country worked as Sri Lanka and ICC agreed to the terms.
After Sri Lanka, Windies gave their nod to play in Pakistan:
“We just hope that the security we’ve promised, we’ll keep it up. Sri Lanka has said they’ll come after the World XI, provided the security is fine. It will be fine, Punjab government has indicated that the preparation is in full swing. At the end of this month, ICC’s security team is also arriving. So far all signals are good,” Najam Sethi said in a statement as per Cricbuzz.
“CWI and PCB are advancing discussions that will see the West Indies play three T20I matches in Lahore in late November. In September, October and November, we’ll have the World XI, we’ll have Sri Lankan team and then the West Indies (will play in Pakistan),” the statement further read.
However, the return of cricket will be a festival for the Pakistan fans to celebrate. Much like any other Asian nations, Pakistan are also the passionate fans of the game and takes the game as a separate religion.