World XI coach and manager, Andy Flower is excited to play a part along with the international bunch of talented players in resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.
“World XI looks forward to celebrate resumption of international cricket in Pakistan with the people of Pakistan with some competitive and entertaining cricket over the next few days,” he said during a press conference ahead of the commencement of Independence Cup.
Pakistan, which is deprived of international cricket since 2009, when Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore, is expected to end the drought with this tour.
“World XI is comprised of some of the most respected cricketers of this generation, all these players have already been overwhelmed by the appreciation and the support that they have received from the people of Pakistan for their decision to the country,” he said.
“These cricketers are here to play their part in a safe and steady return of international cricket in Pakistan so that the enthusiastic Pakistani fans could watch their heroes in action in their backyard.
“World XI is fully backed by all the Test playing nations, all the professional cricketers union as well as the ICC, this clearly demonstrates the unity in the cricket family and the cricket fraternity’s commitment to help one of its key members (Pakistan), which is unable to host international cricket in their country with any fault of its own,” he added.
The legendary Zimbabwean batsman hailed Pakistan’s effort of becoming the top ranked Test team and winning Champions Trophy in this background of no international cricket in their own country.
“Becoming top ranked Test team and winning Champions Trophy reflects Pakistan’s rich cricket heritage, culture and talent in this country, “ he went on to say.
Flower, who has toured Pakistan three times during his playing days, told that they are looking forward to put an entertaining show in front of the cricket loving crowd of Pakistan and take back some fond memories with them.
“We hope that our international stars will return home with happy memories from their trip to Lahore and leave behind the legacy of cooperation that helped Pakistan build their cricketing future,” he added
Andy Flower was also questioned about non-availability of any player from the neighbouring country, India.
“Indian players were not available due to international schedule, we chose those who were free to play,” he replied to the question.
We have come to play cricket for something actually bigger than the game
The captain of World XI side, Faf Du Plessis, is extremely pleased that he is contributing his part in bringing back international cricket in Pakistan.
“It is probably the first time that we have come to play cricket for something actually bigger than the game itself,” he told.
“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.
“You always try to find things to help you leave your mark — and this seemed like the sort of opportunity to do just that,” he went on to say.