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Revival of International Cricket in Pakistan

Pakistan cricket fans in Lahore
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Following the successful return of international cricket in Pakistan with the recent World XI T20 series, the cricket fans and international cricketers have expressed their joy and appreciation of the security arrangements surrounding the tournament and this will go a long way to attracting back other international teams to Pakistan.

There is no doubt that Pakistan Super League’s final in Lahore paved the way for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and the announcement of Governor of Sindh Muhammad Zubair Umar that next final of PSL will be held at Karachi is a welcome boost. The cricket experts here are of the view that if the cricket matches are held successfully at Karachi, after Lahore, and the Sri Lankan Team confirm its tour of Pakistan next month for playing T-20 matches, the other teams will also be ready to visit Pakistan.

Mr.Najam Sethi, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB), with the blessings of government and specially law enforcing agencies, has worked tirelessly for the return of international cricket in Pakistan . He planned the PSL and took the bold step to hold the final of PSL in Lahore and thereafter managed to convince the ICC and world cricketers to play the series in Lahore.

The successful staging of Independence Cup 2017 ,comprising three T-20 matches at Qadaffi Stadium, though in tight security, has seemingly restored the confidence of international cricketers. Although the tragic incident against Sri Lankan Team closed the doors of international cricket for Pakistan a few years ago, the holding of the recent World XI T-20 matches in Lahore helped PCB to restore confidence in touring Pakistan again.

It is worth noting the comments of ICC’s Giles Clarke “The Pakistan government and people have played an important role in bringing back international cricket to the country and the efforts of security agencies of Pakistan for improving law and order situation in the country are laudable”

Although the Pakistani side was comprised of young players , their performance against experienced World XI enabled them to ascertain their weak points and they gained confidence as well. There is no doubt the Pakistani bowling attack is strong and batting side is also good but they need more experience to be among the top teams in the world.

It is pertinent to mention here that two Pakistani legends, including former skipper Misbah ul Haq and charismatic all-rounder Shahid Afridi, had a warm send off in front of their fans arranged at their home ground in the presence of world’s famous players.

Pakistani team will now look forward hopefully to more international at home in the near future.