Amla excited to be part of World XI's Pakistan tour

Lawrence Cooper
September 12, 2017

But after having successfully staged the 2017 Pakistan Super League final in Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board are confident that the country can provide top-notch security to global teams.

What follows next is an explosion of sound as the stumps go flying and the crowd erupts in an uncontrollable display of joy, with the forlorn figure of an opposition batsman walking back to the pavilion. All the games will be played in the evening. "I know the pitch of the Gaddafi Stadium, which is not good for me as it is mostly flat, even though I will try my best to perform very well". We have a young team building up and we are fully prepared ahead of the game.

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Amla was part of the Proteas side that beat the hosts 1-0 in a two-match Test series and then 3-2 in five ODI games in 2007. "I tried to convince all my team fellows and many agreed and some agreed to visit the country next time". Most of the cricket world has shunned visiting Pakistan since 2009 when gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team convoy. "Pakistan has been a major role player in cricket fraternity".

The value of the event in terms of encouraging national teams to tour Pakistan can not be overstated.

"I think my answers to their questions convinced them and they have come, so thanks to them that they believed me". It will be after a gap of eight years that a top flight global game will be held in Pakistan.

Shahid Hashmi, a Pakistan-based reporter of many decades, feels the process would take years. "He's [Grant's] been with Pakistan team for three years, and he's really enjoyed his time".

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And they're here. @NajamSethi welcomes #WorldXI in #Pakistan. "It has been a long and tough journey as the PCB, Pakistan players and fans have been starved of the opportunity to stage, play and watch International Cricket in their own country", said Manohar in a statement.

The equation changed in Pakistan's favour with the advent of the Pakistan Super League. They have played all their home games in an adopted venue i.e. the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2009 and the crowd turnout for global games has been very poor. After our victory in the Champions Trophy, our responsibility has increased.

Tahir revealed that his feedback on security situation in Pakistan helped.

The quest for full-fledged resumption of global cricket in Pakistan has further received a solid shot in the arm through the tour of a Faf du Plessis-led World XI to play the home side.

South Africa's du Plessis told reporters in Lahore it was a "huge honour" to be playing the highest-profile event in cricket-mad Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Clarke, along with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, also addressed the press.

It's a series that the whole of Pakistan has been waiting with bated breath.

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