Pakistan to host global cricket against World XI

PCB allows players to return to CPL English counties

It said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and PCB are now processing financial and insurance matters for World XI players.

"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".

"It was a very hard task convincing the Sri Lankan board to send their team to Lahore once again but they have shown great courage in accepting our request and hopefully if security arrangements are confirmed they will come and play T20 matches in October". The tours are seen as a big step towards Pakistan once again hosting major global outfits after militants targeted the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi said Monday that worldwide cricket will return to the country next month when a World XI plays a three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that the Punjab Government had approved "Presidential level security" for the week-long tour.

This is a big turn of events for Pakistani cricket fans as with no global cricket being played in Pakistan, it has definitely hurt their revenue. It hosted an incident free final of its domestic T20 tournament " Pakistan Super League " in Lahore in March in which former West Indies captain Darren Sammy also participated.

The West Indies tour will comprise of three T20s. Pray that our security remains solid.

Respected security advisor Reg Dickason, who gave the green light to England's tour of Bangladesh last winter, has given his blessing to more high-profile cricket in Pakistan as long as it passes an ICC inspection later this month. "India, however, has declined to send its players to Pakistan", said Sethi.

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