Giles Clarke, head of ICC’s Pakistan Task Force, announced a four-Twenty20 series between Pakistan and World XI to be held in September after the successful execution of the final of the Pakistan Super League on Sunday in Lahore.
The development comes as an attempt to reintroduce top-level cricket in the country that has been deprived of the international cricket since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
Pakistan has been forced to play their home series in the United Arab Emirates as international teams have refused to travel to the country.
“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 Guardian quoted Clarke. “The world of cricket needs to help Pakistan, who cannot continue to play their home fixtures overseas. The youth need inspiring, and the national teams need far more cricket played in familiar terrain. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan.”
It is unsure which players have made themselves available for the series. According to the initial plans the World XI team will assemble in Dubai on September 17 for the four matches to be held on 22nd, 23rd, 28th, and 29th at the Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore.