Salman Butt hopes for a new era for Pakistan cricket

Ruben Hill
September 10, 2017

Prior to that, when New Zealand had toured in April-May 2002, Pakistan had swept the three-ODI series and had taken a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series when a bomb blast near the hotel housing the New Zealand team forced the remainder of the tour to be cancelled.

"I believe Sri Lanka and the West Indies are also planning to travel to Pakistan, and if the government, the security agencies and cricket authorities there can keep the momentum going, it won't be long before we have full-fledged tours there".

"I spoke to some of the players this morning about my experience of playing the PSL final in Lahore".

"Some players have also said that they do not want to speak to the media at all, and their wishes will be respected as well."Sethi said that security and other arrangements have been completed but global community is not yet ready to play in Karachi".

"I had to stand in a queue for seven hours before getting my ticket", said local college student Mohammad Farooq proudly. "They are all happy to be a part of that process", he said. "I am grateful to the World XI team who are helping to bring back worldwide cricket to the country". I would have been very disappointed if I was not part of this team.

World XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Pakistan vs World XI T20 series of Independence Cup will be broadcast live on PTV Sports in Pakistan and Indian viewers can watch it on DSports.

"Both teams' arrival is subject to the success of this tournament", Sethi said. Hopefully, this short series featuring global stars and sanctioned by the ICC, will be a big success.

He further elaborated that dealing with the security concerns one ball at a time would just be like playing cricket. They've just bought the Durban Qalandars franchise in South Africa, and I will be their assistant coach in November-December (for the inaugural T20 Global League). Obviously, everything takes time, there's a process which you get things done.

"We are thrilled the Pakistan Cricket Board has chosen Abu Dhabi to host worldwide competition of this calibre", says His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

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