After successful PSL final, Pakistan to host T20 series against World XI

Global cricket has not been played in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorist, resulting in the death of several of the security forces and injury to players. It was the first mega event at the Gaddafi Stadium following the 1996 world cup final and this is the reason that not only Lahorites but people from other cities and towns of the country swarmed the stadium to witness the performance of their star players.

Clarke, who also heads ICC's Task Force for Pakistan, has been working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board for the planned series in September.

The Pakistan Cricket Board last month suspended three players and said it was investigating whether an global syndicate had attempted to influence matches in the PSL.

With the T20 series set to tentatively take place from September 22-29, it remains to be seen which players ICC decide to select in the World XI. The group stage and previous knock-out matches in the tournament were held in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan cricket's home-away-from-home in recent years.

"The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world's finest players in live action", Clarke was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Sunday's PSL final was held amid security that resembled a military operation, involving more than 8,000 heavily-armed police and paramilitaries.

Clarke, in his email message to Shaharyar, had congratulated him for staging successful PSL final in Lahore.

The PCB is also hoping Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - whose security delegates visited Lahore for PSL final - will consider touring Pakistan later this year.

"The cricket world needs to help Pakistan, who can not continue to play their home fixtures overseas".

"My wish was to play the PSL final in Lahore but sorry, I wont be able to play because doctor gave me a 10-day rest order". The youth need inspiring, and the national teams need far more cricket played in familiar terrain.

"God forbid if any mishap happens we can say goodbye to int cricket in Pak for the next decade", tweeted Pakistan great Imran Khan.

  • Julie Sanders