Grant Elliott finds Pakistan safe for global cricket

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The officials of ICC made it clear that the revival of the worldwide cricket in Pakistan will take some time because the tours by ICC member nations would all be linked to the usual security condition in the country. But World XI bounced back in the second game and levelled the series.

Irfan was initially suspended for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

David Richardson was of the view that bringing back global cricket to Pakistan was not that easy and PCB worked hard in this regard and held the PSL final in safe manner which broke the ice and changed the perception about Pakistan.

"I can speak for myself and everyone in the World XI squad that we're all really excited to get to Pakistan, to be part of something special, and introducing worldwide cricket slowly and safely back to Pakistan", HashimAmla told reporters.

There seemed to be no planning in World XI's camp to chase 184.

Pakistan Eleven thrashed the World Eleven to clinch the Independence Cup, winning the three-match Twenty20 global series 2-1, here amid tight security at the jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday night. More than the series triumph, they would be delighted to host global games after the infamous terror attacks of 2009.

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PCB chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the series by stating, "The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalized and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals".

"On a more personal note, I have a strong bond with Pakistan, having toured here with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 1993, 1996 and 1998, " Flower said. "It is not just about cricket".

"It is great. The hospitality, the support from the crowds at the ground".

It is safe to say that India are now one of the busiest cricket teams as they are set to feature in a packed home season that will see Kohli's men take on Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka over a record 23 matches in the next two months. This short tour is for something bigger.

"You do think about that sort of thing (the insecurity), but as soon as we spoke to the people who were in control of the security... as a player all you want was that peace of mind and they gave it to us". It's something I would be glad to have been a part of. The incident had taken place in Lahore in March 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six Pakistani policemen.

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