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Independence Cup will pave way for profitable int'l series in future: Sethi

16 September 2017
Independence Cup will pave way for profitable int'l series in future: Sethi

He also said that World XI players would return with good memories and would play their part in reviving global cricket in Pakistan.

"The magnificent victory in the ICC Champions Trophy [in June this year] coupled with the Test team's top ranking [for a brief period last year] lifted our cricket to a new level and now the world [teams] want to play series with Pakistan", he said.

The Twenty20 match is the first game of only the second series Pakistan has hosted since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009.

"ICC has done a tremendous job by supplementing the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board in bringing back global cricket and its role will always be remembered in Pakistan cricket history", he told APP here on Thursday ahead of the third and last T20 worldwide of the Independence Cup series. "The wait is over now and worldwide cricket is here", he said.

"After World XI's tour, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must ask International Cricket Council (ICC) to convince European teams to visit here", he said.

"The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals", Sethi said.

Sethi said Sri Lanka had also agreed to play a one-off T20 worldwide in Lahore on October 29, though he was still holding out hope for two matches.

"Right now we are compelled to play only in Lahore but obviously with time we will schedule matches at other Test venues like Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan", he noted.

Sethi hoped that with time other Test venues in Pakistan would also get to host global matches.

According to some media reports, the PCB is spending US$2.5-3 million for staging the three-match Independence Cup against World XI.

The large security presence did little to temper the enthusiasm of fans in the cricket-mad country. We know the security plans being enforced for the World XI matches are causing some inconvenience to the people. Most of these players have shown positive attitude towards playing in Pakistan and are excited about being a part of this monumental series.