ICC is planning a World XI Team versus Pakistan T20 series in September 2017. The series is expected to have four matches.
The series, named The Independence Cup, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of partition. This series will help maintain an influx of international cricketing events in Pakistan after the successful PSL 2 Final organized on 5th March 2017. The venue selected for The Independence Cup is Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Giles Clark on World XI Team Pakistan Visit
The President of the England and Wales Cricket Boards, currently heading the ICC’s Pakistan Task Force was excited to share the good news after a long absence of cricket from Pakistan.
“The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action,” Clarke 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.”
Here is what Dawid Malan had to say about his experience of visiting Pakistan and the security measures taken at the venue.
“As soon as they brought out how tough it would be to get to the players, I almost felt it was my duty to come and represent the team and do the right thing by them.”
Details about the Anticipated World XI Against Pakistan
The World XI is expected to gather in Dubai on 17th September 2017. After which the team will go to Pakistan. The tentative scheduled leaked for World XI’s visit to Pakistan suggests match dates of 22nd, 23rd, 28th, and 29th September. The event is expected to have the same kind of security plan as given for the PSL 2 Final.
Najam Sethi’s Take on World XI Team Pakistan Visit
PSL Chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the reports of a World XI series against Pakistan. However, he mentioned that there were no dates finalized for the mega event.
Najam Sethi also endorsed the fact that the board is in touch with cricket boards of several other countries. He said that he could not reveal any more details about the event. He said that PSL 2 Final’s success built a stronger case for the return of international cricket to Pakistan.