LAHORE -UNS: The brave nation of Pakistan was deprived of international cricket for a long time since 2009 for no fault of its own, said World XI team coach Andy Flower.
South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, the captain of World XI, and the team’s coach were addressing media in Lahore, ahead of the three-match T20 Independence Cup beginning from Tuesday.
“I’m very happy to have come to Pakistan,” said Flower. Sharing that he has had a personal connection with Pakistan, Flower said he was happy to see that the Pakistani nation will now witness international cricket on its soil.
He said the world’s best players are participating in World XI. He expressed hope that we will witness the most gripping cricket matches in Pakistan in the days to come.
Meanwhile, Plessis thanked the Pakistani people for their hospitality. “It’s an honor for me to come to Pakistan.”
A few minutes before their press conference, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairperson Najam Sethi lauded the efforts of the board as well as International Cricket Council (ICC) Task Force Chairperson Giles Clarke.
“Players know this is not just a visit,” said Sethi while addressing a press conference in Lahore on Monday alongside Clarke. He appreciated how the Punjab administration and army chief lent their support for the success of the event.
“Since five South Africans have come to Pakistan with World XI, now our next best try will be to bring the team to Pakistan,” said Sethi.
Meanwhile, Clarke thanked the policemen and army for ensuring the safety of all. He congratulated the Pakistani people over the revival of cricket in the country. “It is not just cricket, but much, much more than that.”