ICC extends support to three World XI T20s in Lahore
LONDON: The return of international cricket to Pakistan looms with the ICC confirming plans for T20 series in Lahore.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to support Pakistan’s efforts to host a World XI for three T20s later this year, media reports said.
Pakistan have had to play all of their ‘home’ matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.
The ICC board supported a proposal during its annual conference in London, as part of the efforts to take international cricket back in the country.
The ICC in a statement following the final day proceedings of the meeting, said that while the plan to hold the matches – against a Pakistan XI – is a work in progress, the ICC Board “agreed to support” the proposal. “Further details will be announced in due course,” the press release said.
Pakistan has been deprived of the international cricket since an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus by gunmen in March 2009 in Lahore. Since then Pakistan has hosted the Zimbabwe ODI series in Lahore in 2015. This year the PCB hosted the 2017 Pakistan Super League final- which featured overseas players as well – at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 5 without any untoward incident.