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ICC will send World XI to Pakistan in September

LAHORE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will send a World XI team to Pakistan in September this year for a four-match Twenty20 series, a British newspaper reported.

Head of ICC’s Task Team on Pakistan Giles Clarke today promised to bring a World XI to Pakistan in September this year, reported the British newspaper.

“The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action,” Clarke said.

“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,” said the head of ICC’s team seeking to revive cricket in Pakistan.

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The T20 series will be called The Independence Cup to mark the 70th anniversary of partition in the sub-continent. Names for the ICC team have not been revealed yet.

Giles Clarke in January this year made a two-day visit to Lahore to assess security arrangements for international teams. He said he was impressed with the arrangements put in place.

Chairman PSL Najam Sethi also confirmed the news through a tweet that “PSL Lahore has opened the door to return of international cricket. ICC XI will play four T20 matches in Lahore in September.”



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