ICC congratulates Pakistan on successfully hosting World XI's tour

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The ICC has ruled out an "overnight miraculous" return of global cricket to Pakistan even though it was satisfied with the successful staging of the Independence Cup in Lahore.

Welcoming the West Indies tour Sethi said both the countries had been friends for last four years, he maintained that the tour has been finalised by West Indies Board after being satisfied with security arrangements made for World XI team. Hopefully, Pakistan will play Test cricket at home again.

Pakistan, a cricket loving nation has not seen global team showcasing their skills in its grounds ever since a bus carrying the same Sri Lankan team came under drive-by ambush near Lahore's Liberty Square in 2009, injuring seven players.

The efforts of the ICC and the PCB had already started bearing fruit before the series had even begun when Sri Lanka and the West Indies agreed to visit the country later this year.

"The reaction of the Pakistanis who were at the ground is something I have never seen in my life", said Clarke, who attended the first two matches.

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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was honoured during the third and final T20I between Pakistan and World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

"This tour is another reminder of the fact that cricket transcends boundaries", he said. Now, the next steps have to be taken, meaning can they be rolled out in more than one city over a longer period of time. The PCB needs all the appreciation, all the law enforcing agencies who were involved deserve praise, players who took on the challenge of coming here and playing cricket deserve special mention.

The likes of Darren Sammy were paid up to $50,000 for the PSL final.

Flower said all the players would go back to their respective countries with happy memories and hoped Pakistan youngsters would get inspired to become cricketers after watching star players back in action on their home ground.

"If security plans stay as good as this, other teams will also come here".

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