Faf: Playing in Pakistan 'bigger than the game itself'

Faf: Playing in Pakistan 'bigger than the game itself'

Cricket board spokesman Amjad Bhatti said an estimated 90 percent of tickets had been sold. "The last 24 hours were exciting because the excitement of last night is not something we as players get to do normally, getting on a private jet, being chauffeured away from the plane, so we felt like we were in a movie". Afghanistan, a war-torn country in Asia, is now having a common identity, thanks to Afghans' love for cricket.

"We are looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket that we are going to put on show and we had a warm welcome already", he said on arrival.

Only three members of Pakistan's squad for the World XI series have played global cricket in Pakistan: the captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Khan.

In 2009, eight people were killed when a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team was sacked upon by gunmen before the third day of the second test in Lahore.

Regarding the home squad's strategy for the series, the captain said that the team was paying attention to all three fields; bowling, batting and fielding. Apart from Sarfraz, as many as 10 players out of the 16-man squad have never played an global game at home.

Faf du Plessis will be following in Graeme Smith and Shaun Pollock's footsteps in terms of South Africans captaining the World XI.

He was addressing a press conference on Monday, a day before the start of the historic series with World XI. Check it out here.

"Looking back on my career it'll be great to say that I made an impact on bringing global cricket back to Pakistan". Despite their worldwide isolation, Pakistan had welcomed Zimbabwe for a visit in 2015 but the matches had been supervised by local Pakistan officials.

Chairman Shashank Manohar on Monday welcomed the return of worldwide cricket to Pakistan ahead of the Independence Cup taking place in Lahore this week.




Pakistan has finally hosting an worldwide cricket match at home.

"Everybody here has accepted that they are part of something more important than just themselves".

It was only during the 2017 PSL final that people in this cricket-starved country saw such euphoria.

No Test playing nation has played in Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on Sri Lanka in Lahore.

Fourteen people died in 2002 after a suicide bombing outside the Karachi hotel used by the New Zealand cricket team, with the tourists leaving the country early. This will be certainly be something that in few years' time when I sit down with my family.

Ramiz Raja, another former Pakistan test cricketer and now television commentator, also celebrated the return of worldwide cricket at home. The ICC taken a fantastic initiative.

The PCB will be hoping that a successful organisation of the Independence Cup could open the floodgates for other global sides to visit the country in the future.

"These might be baby steps before some giant steps are taken. I think this is really a fantastic thing but it should have been organised a long time ago", the Bangladesh star added.

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