Pakistan set to welcome global cricket after hiatus

Former England coach Andy Flower is set to coach the World XI next month / Getty

Former England coach Andy Flower is set to coach the World XI next month / Getty

According to Sethi, the ICC has promised to give Pakistan $1.2 million over the next three years for the revival of worldwide cricket in the country.

Former England skipper Paul Collingwood is tipped as a possible candidate for the World XI team, which is scheduled to tour Pakistan in September.

On June 24, the ICC board had agreed to support a three-game Twenty20 series between Pakistan and a World XI side to help revive worldwide cricket in the country.

The PCB Chairman Najam Sethi while addressing media personnel informed that 15 players from 7 countries will participate in the tournament. Cricket matches have not been played in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was targeted by unidentified assailants.

The Federation of International Cricketers Association had its security reservations over the participation of foreign players in the PSL final earlier this year. So much so that Pakistan was not able to host World Cup 2011 matches in the country.

Cricket West Indies and the PCB are advancing discussions that will see the Windies playing 3 T20I matches in... "India, however, has declined to send its players to Pakistan", said Sethi.

"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".

Sethi said the return of global cricket to Pakistan was a gradual process. 'We will open the doors and worldwide teams will come. "Punjab (provincial) government has given us the signal that preparations are in full swing and later this month an ICC security team is also coming".

Six members of the tourists' squad were injured, while six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.

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