Friday, 24 November, 2017

After PSL final, PCB plans to host World XI in Lahore

Kevin Pietersen is one of the five players to pull out of the PSL final Kevin Pietersen is one of the five players to pull out of the PSL final
Kristopher Love | 20 March, 2017, 07:00

Cricket officials in Pakistan are confident of hosting four Twenty20s matches against an global XI at Lahore in September after organizing a trouble-free Pakistan Super League final at the Gaddafi Stadium last Sunday. "Hooray!" PSL chairman Najam Sethi posted on Twitter.

Several worldwide players dropped out of Sunday's final over security fears.

Clarke, who also heads ICC's Task Force for Pakistan, has been working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board for the planned series in September.

The announcement comes days after the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held in Lahore without incident.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said the PSL event, which featured foreign stars and was hailed by fans as a unifying national force, had paved the way for the return of worldwide matches. Very well played. We will be there in September.

The venue, Gaddafi stadium, was the same as the scheduled game eight years ago, before the Sri Lanka team was attacked en route. According to an exclusive report on The Guardian, the four-match series is slated to be called Independence Cup to mark the 70th year of Pakistan's independence.

Sunday's PSL final was held amid security that resembled a military operation, involving more than 8,000 heavily-armed police and paramilitaries. "The fans here deserve to see their players playing as they haven't seen it for quite a while".

"I am glad I came here". The move, if pulled off, could be a stepping stone in taking global cricket back to Pakistan on a permanent basis, after a little more than eight years since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus had severe ramifications on Pakistan, the cricketing host.

After much debate on whether it should be held in Dubai or Pakistan due to safety concerns, the final was confirmed to be played at the 25,000-seater Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore as Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs to win their first-ever PSL crown.

A special ICC task force headed by European Central Bank president Giles Clarke had visited Pakistan in January to take stock of the security situation.