ICC Chairman welcomes return of int’l cricket to Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 11 (APP): The International Cricket Council
(ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar Monday welcomed the return of
international cricket to Pakistan saying Pakistani nation have
been starved to watch international cricket in their own country.
The World XI will play three Twenty20s for the Independence
Cup against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September
12, 13 and 15, according to a press release issued in Dubai.
Manohar said this is a good day for world cricket as PCB hosts
a World XI in Lahore for three T20s.
“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,” he said.
He said he is hopeful that today marks the start of the safe
and steady return of international cricket to Pakistan.
“The ability of Pakistan to play international cricket at home
is crucial to the long term health of the game in Pakistan and one
of the main reasons why the ICC established the Pakistan Task Force
under the leadership of Giles Clarke, to explore, in partnership
with the PCB, how we can get international cricket back to Pakistan
safely and on a regular basis.
“I send both teams and the PCB the very best wishes from the
whole cricket family for a competitive series that the passionate
fans in Pakistan can enjoy. I sincerely hope that this week’s games
mark the start of a steady flow of international cricket to this
great cricket nation.”