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World XI tour is about more than just cricket, says ICC’s Giles Clarke

The Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) Task Force on Pakistan Giles Clarke on Monday congratulated the Pakistani people over the revival of cricket in the country and said, “It is not just cricket, but much much more than that”.

Clarke was addressing a press conference in Lahore, flanked by PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, following the arrival of World XI cricket team in the wee hours of the day.

The government, the security agencies and most importantly the people of Pakistan have played a significant role in the revival of Cricket in Pakistan, said the senior ICC official.

Both the hotel and stadium will be cordoned off with 9,000 police and paramilitary staff deployed during the next five days.

The World XI is led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis and coached by former Zimbabwe batsman and ex-England coach Andy Flower.

A fourteenth player, Samuel Badree of the West Indies, will arrive later on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday Malik Mohammad Khan, a spokesperson for the Punjab government said authorities were providing “foolproof security for the World XI with a big contingent of security officials deployed”.
Troops stand guard outside the Gaddafi stadium.

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