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 global match of the independence Cup here on Friday night. Since then our players have to travel foreign countries all year, longing for that cheerful noise of a home crowd. "Returning full-time worldwide cricket back to Pakistan is not going to be an overnight miracle". The PCB has had to rely on heavy financial incentives for the visiting players to draw them to the country so far.
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.
He also added; "I just loved seeing emotions on people's faces, that's the thing that stands out for me", he said when asked about his fondest memory of the tour, adding that he also loved the food in Pakistan.
While the visits of two global sides in the latter half of the current year bode well for Pakistan cricket, there is still a long way to go for the country to draw back major sides for a bilateral tour.
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The prime minister will also meet with members of the Senate Committee on foreign relations later Tuesday afternoon. The White House said it would not comment on the US Department of Justice investigation.
From Dubai, the World XI players will depart for their respective countries. 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.
Though the demands rose to a crescendo regarding the revival of cricket in the country in few years but the successful Pakistan Super League final in Lahore gave a major boost to the perception of normalisation of law and order situation in the country in March.
That the series went down smoothly without any incident is a testament to the efforts put in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the ICC.
The likes of Darren Sammy were paid up to $50,000 for the PSL final.