Pakistan all set to host World XI in September

International cricket is set to return to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore
International cricket is set to return to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore

Pakistan are all set to host World XI side in a three-match T20I series in a bid to bring back international cricket to the country.

After the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in 2009, Zimbabwe has been the only full-member nation to have toured the Asian country in 2015 with Pakistan choosing United Arab Emirates as their adopted home.

Even though, the Pakistan Cricket Board did manage to convince few overseas players, who participated in the 2017 edition of Pakistan Super League final in Lahore, international teams continue to be reluctant on sending their players to the country.

The International Cricket Council had released a statement that the series involving top players around the world will go forward provided it gets the security clearance.

PCB chairman Najam Sethi indicated that the World XI coached by former Zimbabwe great Andy Flower will comprise of 15 international players and is hoping the security situation will remain stable as they bid to bring back international cricket to the country.

"This is a very big thing, September, October and November are big months." said Sethi.

"It's a big agenda, we need your prayers and we will open the doors and international teams will come. Pray that we keep our security solid. The Punjab government has given us the signal and preparations are in full swing."

South African players Imran Tahir and Hashim Amla are linked with the World XI squad, though, the official squad announcement is expected to be out later this week.

Earlier, Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala also expressed his desire to send his team to Pakistan for a T20I game in Pakistan while the Pakistan board is in discussion with the West Indies Cricket Board for a possible series in October.

A statement released by the West Indies board stated that the outcome of the World XI series in Pakistan will be a decisive factor going forward.

"The tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the ICC World XI team's three match series in Lahore in September and affirmation of manageable security by the ICC sponsored international security company overseeing the security arrangements of the World XI in September," the Caribbean board said in a statement.

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