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International team to visit Pakistan in September; cricket comes home

Cricket comes home
Cricketers of Peshawar Zalmi their victory over Quetta Gladiators in the final cricket match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

The successful conclusion of PSL 2017 final in Lahore has opened the doors for international cricket in Pakistan as ICC (International Cricket Council) is planning to send a World XI to visit the country in the month of September for playing a tournament.

The event would be held on the occasian of 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence and would be named as Azaadi Cup.

The purpose of this expected series is to bring back the international cricket back in the country following an eights years ban after Sri Lankan team was assaulted in 2009

Names of players who would be a part of World XI have not been announced yet.  The presence of foreign players in PSL 2017 final has made it possible for international level tournaments to take place in Pakistan once again bringing back the lost glory of Pakistan’s cricket ground that had become desolate.

While feeling proud of the ICC’s plans to conduct international level cricket tournaments in Pakistan, that heralded another era in the sports culture of the country Najam Sethi said,

PSL 2017 final held in Lahore on 5th March under stringent security measures had involvement from players like Darren Sammy from West Indies, David Milan, and Chris Jordan. Further, the vibrant and lively atmosphere at the stadium created by spectators who came to Lahore from other regions of Pakistan had also set a supportive environment for the thrilling game.

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