Playing for something bigger than cricket itself: Du Plessis on Pakistan tour
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 12, 2017,
Sep 12, 2017, 14:59
The series will be the most high-profile in the cricket-mad country since a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore left eight dead and drove away worldwide cricket and most other sports.
Imran Tahir was born in Pakistan and has a family in Lahore. "In the short space of time available to us to put together an worldwide side to play here and given the political involvement that would be necessary to get Indian players over here and playing, we thought it was simplest to select from other major Test nations". "But obviously, they are a strong team on paper and we will have to fight to win". "Since the incident (Sri Lanka team attack in 2009) this is my third event in Pakistan". The tour, that happened from 19 to 31 May 2015, consisted of three ODIs and two T20s. For the younger players, playing in front of home fans is something they have dreamt about and for the older ones, it's another job done with the right result delivered.
"I was quite comfortable with the feedback that he was giving me and therefore, I was quite comfortable talking to the global players and encouraging them to take part in this venture".
However, with time, teams will look to work Ali out and he will need to keep coming up with deliveries and performances that baffle the opposition batsmen. However, other team sources claimed Monday that Aamir may skip the series in Lahore since he suffered a back strain while playing his last match for Essex.
Pakistanis celebrated the return of worldwide cricket at home with the arrival of players from seven countries for a tournament, following a long pause over security concerns.
The director of International Cricket Council, Giles Clarke, appreciated the efforts of Pakistani cricket board and the passion of Pakistani fans to bring international cricket to their homeland.
Du Plessis will captain a World XI that will contest three T20 Internationals against the hosts in Lahore on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
"I am proud to be captain of the World XI, to be bringing global cricket back to Pakistan".
"The World XI looks forward to celebrating the return of global cricket in Pakistan".
The local fans are very exited about this chance to see worldwide cricketers performing in Pakistan. But the chairman of the PCB, who is also the brains behind this series, has justified the security measures.
Over six thousand security officials have been deployed over the past days.