World XI departs after historic tour of Pakistan


Since then the country has only played minor global matches on home soil against Zimbabwe, Kenya and Afghanistan.

"This tour is another reminder of the fact that cricket transcends boundaries", he said.

The ICC provided and funded security resources for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the three-match series, which Pakistan won 2-1, and ICC's head of media and communication, Sami ul Hassan, says that ICC will continue to contribute towards the revival of global cricket in Pakistan. "It is great. The hospitality, the support from the crowds at the ground".

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi added. The World XI coach praised the security arrangements in Lahore, saying that the security plan made the players feel secure over the course of their trip to the country. "When we go from the ground to the hotel, it's as safe as any other country", Grannt said. Now, the next steps have to be taken, meaning can they be rolled out in more than one city over a longer period of time.

Darren Sammy as always loved playing in Pakistan and his smile says it all!

Pakistani spectators hold placards at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 15, 2017 before the start of the third and final Twenty20 worldwide match between the World XI and Pakistan.

Overjoyed at the upcoming tours, Sethi informed that Sri Lanka has also green-lighted playing single T20 worldwide on October 29 in Lahore.

It is later known that Afridi had agreed to do a lap of honour rather than receive an award or reception by the PCB.

Former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who was present at the ceremony, received the Imtiaz Ahmed Spirit Award named after the former great who was part of Pakistan's first Test team whereas PCB Chairman Najam Sethi awarded 10million for each Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi which would be donated to Edhi foundation.

The series between Pakistan and World XI has garnered a lot of hype and interest.