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Success of PSL will lead international cricket to Pakistan - Najam Sethi

Pakistan successfully hosted World XI side in a three-game T20I series last year
Pakistan successfully hosted World XI side in a three-game T20I series last year
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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi believes the success at which the play-off stage of the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) was conducted in Pakistan will convince more international teams to visit the Asian country in the future.

If the second edition of the PSL had the final game scheduled at Gadaffi Stadium, the third edition saw Eliminator 1 and 2 contest successfully hosted in Lahore while the final was played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Even though the likes of Shane Watson, Kevin Pietersen, Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan refused to visit Pakistan, the response was much better from the overseas players this time around.

“This is a very big historic occasion,” Sethi told at the end of the tournament which was won by Islamabad United for the second time.

“You have filled this stadium and shown the world that we are ready for the return of the international cricket."

The final in Karachi was also the first major cricket event at the venue since 2009 when Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked.

The Pakistan Cricket Board have been constantly taking measures to bring cricket back into the country as they hosted a three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka and also a World XI team and now are set to host Windies for a three T20Is series at the start of the next month.

Meanwhile, former Windies captain Darren Sammy, who led Peshawar Zalmi in the recently concluded PSL said he enjoyed playing cricket in Pakistan.

“I am looking forward to playing more cricket here, I have enjoyed it,” Darren Sammy, a West Indies cricketer and Peshawar Zalmi captain, told local Geo Super TV channel after the game.

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