ICC takes step to resume cricket in Pakistan, hires global security company


The success of the World XI games could see the West Indies tour Pakistan in November with Sethi confirming that the PCB are in talks with the Windies' cricket board to play T20 Internationals. The ICC has thrown its support behind the tour, and has been closely involved with the PCB, helping it assemble the security apparatus to FICA's satisfaction as well as its own, according to PCB chairman Najam Sethi.

The PCB is also planning to hold more matches of PSL's third edition in Pakistan, with matches to be held at in Karachi as well as Lahore.

In that regard, this World XI tour, if organized successfully may go a long way in the board's bid to win back the trust of the touring parties and convince them that Pakistan is safe for global cricket again.

The World XI team will be announced in next 3 days. All the expenses of the tour will be borne by the PCB.

"The ICC is helping us in our endeavours to revive global cricket in Pakistan".

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The tours are seen as a big step towards Pakistan once again hosting major worldwide outfits after militants targeted the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, killing eight people and wounding at least seven players.

Chairman Najam Sethi stated that three worldwide teams will come to Pakistan in September, October and November.

Global cricket has not had its presence felt in the country since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, which then isolated the insurgency-hit nation in the cricketing sphere.

However, low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series. Since then, however, the PCB has hosted the 2017 PSL final - which featured a contingent of overseas players including former West Indies captain Darren Sammy - in Lahore on March 5 without major incident.

He also confirmed that Sri Lanka will be touring Pakistan after World XI visit.