ICC congratulates Pakistan for successfully staging Independence Cup

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The cricketer was given a grand honour during the final of the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium being played between Pakistan and the World XI team.

"The way Pakistani people and the crowd - particularly at this ground - cheered for us at the end of the second game, which we won beating the home team, made us feel right at home", Flower explained.

When asked about the possibility of teams touring the country anytime soon owing to the successful visit of the World XI, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said: "I don't see in the short term that there are any plans for us to play in Pakistan". Pakistan plays their "home" internationals in the United Arab Emirates. The PCB has had to rely on heavy financial incentives for the visiting players to draw them to the country so far.

He said, "I am confident that our team will play three T20 worldwide during its tour to Pakistan and the most hard task is to convince the players to undertake the visit".

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In 2009, eight people were killed when a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team was sacked upon by gunmen before the third day of the second test in Lahore.

Du Plessis was one of five South Africa players in World XI, along with Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. "Being an ambassador of Pakistan cricket, it is our duty to promote a positive image of Pakistan wherever we go", he added. 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.

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. The PCB needs all the appreciation, all the law enforcing agencies who were involved deserve praise, players who took on the challenge of coming here and playing cricket deserve special mention.

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