World XI, SL tour can revive international cricket in Pakistan: Dean Jones

Dean Jones

Islamabad United’s head coach, Dean Jones is delighted to hear about World XI and Sri Lanka tour to Pakistan and he believes that these tours can revive international cricket in the country.

“These two team tours are very important for Pakistan cricket. I am hopeful that if all goes well, it will open the door for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and it will be a great boost for Pakistan cricket after the Champions Trophy triumph,” said Dean Jones while talking to Dawn News.

The former aggressive Australian batsman further told that if Sri Lanka tours Pakistan, he will visit Lahore to commentate during the match (if asked by the broadcaster). He earlier visited Lahore as a commentator during the Pakistan Super League final that Peshawar Zalmi won.

“I am ready to visit Lahore again as a commentator if Sri Lanka comes to play T20 [matches there]. It will be a great moment,” he told.

The two teams are due to play two Tests matches, five ODIs and three T20 internationals in the UAE later this year.

Earlier this week, Sri Lanka confirmed that they are ready to play a T20 game, likely to be the third T20 of the series, in Lahore.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is making all the efforts to bring back international cricket in the country. Pakistan has not hosted any major international side since 2009, when Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore.

Pakistan is likely to host a World XI team, which is likely to feature some big names of cricket, in the next month of September.