Misrepresenting facts, misquoting statements, foreign media’s propaganda; these are only a handful of reasons why Pakistan’s image on the international stage has been left in ruins. However, Former Kiwi all-rounder Grant Elliot feels differently about Pakistan.
The right-handed batsman is all set to tour with a 15-member squad of the World XI, which will face Pakistan’s international cricket team at Lahore for a 3 match T20I series.
Elliot has defined his feelings for visiting Pakistan as, “…going home.” He said that he’s really fascinated by the Pakistani culture and he is most excited to try out the local cuisine.
I have never been in Lahore, so I am really looking forward. I suppose going to Lahore will feel like I am going home.
His statement is nothing short of encouraging for international players around the world and shows his excitement to finally get a chance to play in Pakistan.
As cricket returns to Pakistan, Elliot says that he is really excited about being a part of this monuments achievement.
I am looking forward to playing in front of a country that has sadly been starved of international cricket. They had the PSL final there and the atmosphere was amazing.
The likes of Darren Sammy are going back there after the final. It’s exciting to be playing cricket in Pakistan and also making a difference and playing a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan.
As the Independence Cup edges nearer, people are speculating about security measures. Many players refused to play in Pakistan due to threats.
You do your homework and you shouldn’t take it lightly. I don’t think anyone would be going to Pakistan if they did not think it was safe. We are potentially taking a small step to bring international cricket back to Pakistan.
Elliot expects the PCB to provide the same level of security as the PSL final earlier this year.
Hopefully, the Pakistan Cricket Board can fulfil the same levels of security as the PSL final to the World XI team.
No top ranked test team has visited Pakistan since the unfortunate attack on Sri Lankan Cricket team 8 Years ago. The action packed series comprising of 3 T20Is will start from September 12th.
Elliot has represented New Zealand in all the 3 formats of the game. He has played 5 tests, 83 ODIs and 16 T20s for the Black caps before retiring. The kiwi (actually from South Africa) was also the person who shattered the South Africans hopes of reaching a World Cup final back in 2015. This time, however, he’ll be playing along people from the same team against Pakistan.
Grant Elliot has already featured with two different teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is why he is so keen on playing in Pakistan.