MAMOSA Report — The Int’l Cricket Council is “planning to send a World XI to Pakistan in late September for a four-match Twenty20 series in Lahore that will look to build on the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League final in the city on Sunday,” according to Ali Martin of the London GUARDIAN.
The four-match series at the Gaddafi Stadium — to be called The Independence Cup to mark the 70th anniversary of partition — is “intended to continue the reintroduction of top-level cricket to the country.” Details of which players will feature in the World XI are “yet to be established.”
Six overseas cricketers withdrew from Sunday’s PSL final following the tournament’s switch from the United Arab Emirates. Sunday’s match passed “without incident.” World media called it a great success not only for cricket but against “terrorism”.
England & Wales Cricket Board President Giles Clarke who head the ICC’s Pakistan Task Force said that “the PSL final, while not simply a test run for the World XI series in itself, has shown cricket can be staged in Lahore.”
Clarke added, “The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action. The world of cricket needs to help Pakistan.”
The World XI series overseas team will assemble in Dubai on Sept. 17, before flying to Lahore for four matches on Sept. 22, 23, 28 and 29, and “follow a similar security plan to the PSL final,” The Guardian reported.
Pakistan’s Super League 2017 grand finale in Lahore was a hit by all counts – security, crowd, management, viewership on electronic media, and revenue generation. According to a report, the PSL 2017 final in Lahore on Sunday was viewed by more than 28 percent people on TV in India, Pakistan’s eastern neighbor.