Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, has revealed that cricket World XI will visit Pakistan again in 2018 and 2019 to help promote international cricket in the country.
PCB has organized the World XI series to help revive international cricket in Pakistan after the Sri Lankan cricket team incident in 2009. Since then, the board has been rebuilding the reputation brick by brick and this is the biggest breakthrough.
Speaking to a local news agency, Najam Sethi said:
The next time World XI will tour Pakistan it will have the services of even more superstars from all countries which will make the visitors even more.
He also confirmed that after the Independence Cup, Sri Lanka and West Indies are visiting Pakistan to play T20 matches.
Najam Sethi acknowledged the efforts of everyone who has worked out of their skin to make the World XI series a reality:
PCB is striving for the cause of return of international cricket to Pakistan and we are delighted that our efforts finally bore fruit and doors of international cricket have been opened to Pakistan with the visit of World XI.
He further added:
Definitely the successful tour of World XI will send a positive message to the world as people connected with the games have seen that Pakistan organized the PSL final in a very good way. Now we are heading towards the successful tour of World XI and these are good achievements on the part of the PCB to break the dead lock of international cricket in the country.
The PCB chairman also mocked everyone who is working against Pakistan’s cricket:
Now if someone wants to propagate against Pakistan cricket, no one is going to believe such negative campaign against a country where World XI is playing.
He also added that PCB will soon hold talks with other cricketing nations to send their teams to Pakistan. In response to a question, Sethi said that Pakistan Super League’s matches will also be organized in Karachi.
Furthermore, international cricket matches will also be played in the port city once the trust of the foreign players is gained.