Du Plessis thanks Pakistan for hospitality

Former Pakistan captains, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi were given standing ovation by a full house for their illustrious services for Pakistan cricket during the third and the last T20 worldwide match of the independence Cup here on Friday night.

ICC director Giles Clarke and chief executive David Richardson have thanked the people of Pakistan for welcoming the World XI players and claimed the three-match Twenty20 series demonstrated the country's passion and love for cricket.

With the series intriguingly poised at 1-1, Misbah observed the opening two matches have provided good competition and expects another exciting battle in the series-decider on Friday.

Clarke, who attended the first two matches, said the reaction of Pakistanis who were at the ground is something I have never seen in my life.

It's the only (cricket-playing) country I hadn't been to, but now I can say I've played cricket in Pakistan.

Cricket West Indies preisdent Dave Cameron says it will be challenging to convince players to tour Pakistan
Cricket West Indies preisdent Dave Cameron says it will be challenging to convince players to tour Pakistan

With the Independence Cup against Faf du Plessis' World XI proving a success, there is high hope that Pakistan will host further global cricket, writes Saj Sadiq...

The Independence Cup featuring Pakistan cricket team and World XI seems to have paved the way for full-scale revival of cricket in the country as West Indies cricket team is next to visit Pakistan. "It has been very successful and very well-received here in Pakistan", Flower added. The three matches in Lahore saw huge crowds, great support for both teams and most importantly, there was not a single security issue.

"Good to see that cricket is back, I give credit to PCB". They also left Pakistan with admiration for the cricketing fraternity and fans of the cricket-mad nation. I can not forget that ever.

Holding a condensed T20 series is very different from holding full-fledged tours from another country - which tends to last several weeks. "People in Pakistan know a lot about the game which is incredible. Hope these events are held in other cities as well".

These are strong endorsements from the players and officials who were in Lahore to oversee the security arrangements and should pave the way for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to make the mooted tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies a reality. My challenge is to convince the players that it's safe enough.

Vanessa Coleman

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