Pakistan to host World XI, Sri Lanka and West Indies

Int’l cricket return gathers momentum

Quick facts: Pakistan set to welcome international cricket after hiatus

After years of isolation over security concerns, Pakistan announced the return of global cricket to its soil, with World XI & Sri Lanka scheduled to visit later in 2017.

Pakistan have been forced to play all their "home" global cricket over the last eight years in the UAE and the return of some of the world's leading players now would be a great boost to the game in the country. The Pakistan board is also now in talks with their West Indies counterpart for a short Twenty20 trip a month later. According to Sethi, the ICC has promised to give Pakistan $1.2 million over the next three years for the revival of global cricket in the country. Cricket matches have not been played in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was targeted by unidentified assailants.

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The team will be led by Andy Flower as coach and also includes South Africans Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

"Rest of the players are from West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand", he said, adding, "The Indian board had not given clearance for any Indian player to be in the World XI side".

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Sri Lanka is due to play two test matches, five ODIs and three T20s against Pakistan in October and Sethi said probably one or two Twenty20s could be played in Lahore.

Since 2009, only Zimbabwe visited the country in 2015 to play in a limited over series.

"World XI will come in second week (of September) and within next 72 hours I will announce names of the players", Sethi told reporters in Lahore.

'This is a very big thing, ' said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi.

Sethi also made it clear that no foreign team was presently willing to play matches away from Lahore.

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