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Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket

LAHORE: South African skipper Faf du Plessis Saturday admitted he was nervous ahead of the World XI tour of Pakistan but praised the hosts for ensuring a safe series which he said would help its revival of international cricket. Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan had not hosted top-level international cricket since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven players and staff. "When I first thought of…

Pakistan World XI tour ‘more than cricket’ for Faf and Flower

LAHORE: The World XI's tour of Pakistan is more than just a game, captain Faf du Plessis and coach Andy Flower said Monday, amid high hopes it will revive international cricket in the country. South Africa's du Plessis told reporters in Lahore it was a "huge honour" to be playing the  highest-profile event in cricket-mad Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. Pakistan has not hosted top-level international cricket -- barring five limited-over matches against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 --…

Andy Flower anticipates great cricket action during ‘Independence Cup’

LAHORE: Anticipating a great cricket action, World XI Coach Andy Flower on Monday said that he is glad to be coach of the star-studded team. The former Zimbabwean skipper was addressing a press conference here alongside with World XI captain Faf du Plessis when he said that the foreign players are glad to be part of this ecstatic moment as Pakistan is celebrating the return of international cricket. “This brave nation suffered for a very long time being deprived of international cricket,” Flower said. Terming the…