Why return of cricket to Pakistan is a welcome move

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Afghanistan, a war-torn country in Asia, is now having a common identity, thanks to Afghans' love for cricket.

"But I am confident that through this tour, more cricket will come our way, and we will do our best to win for home fans".

A star-studded World XI side who will be led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis comprises players from seven countries, indicating that the cricketing world has given a green signal for global cricket to resume in Pakistan. The aftermath of the attack was disastrous for Pakistan cricket.

The series was given worldwide status by the ICC and Amla expects the home team to be a formidable challenge.

Imran Tahir will play his first senior global in his birth town if selected to play tomorrow.

Now, this series between Pakistan and the Faf du Plessis-led World XI team should work as a confidence booster for any team that is anxious about travelling to Pakistan. The fact that a home series creates so much excitement is not considered newsworthy as is the fact that foreign teams visit home shores as prescribed in ICC's detailed tour programmes. Check it out here.

"As a cricketer, in a few years' time, I will be able to look back and say that I played my part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan", the Dawn quoted du Plessis as saying. Despite their global isolation, Pakistan had welcomed Zimbabwe for a visit in 2015 but the matches had been supervised by local Pakistan officials.

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Afridi lauded Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi and his team for their efforts to bring global cricket back in the country.

Pakistan's cricket board has shouldered the expense of hosting matches in Dubai since the 2009 attack and lost considerable revenue in fees and other expenses.

"Everybody here has accepted that they are part of something more important than just themselves".

Mohammad Amir will have to wait longer to play his first game in Pakistan.

"We are playing in Pakistan after a long time". For a country of millions of cricket fans which prided itself on hospitality shown to its visitors, the suspension of worldwide cricket was a nightmare scenario.

"I think that 10 Test playing nations are like a family. Worldwide cricket should resume in Pakistan, absence of cricket was being greatly missed", he further added. The ICC taken a fantastic initiative.

The players from England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand agreed to come to the country for the matches in an effort to give a boost to cricket in Pakistan.

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