PCB chief Najam Sethi says World XI squad for Pakistan tour will be announced in next 2-3 days

No top Test team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 although Zimbabwe did play a short limited over series in mid-2005 in Lahore.

PTI, August 20, 2017

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi said that he would announce the names of the players in the World eleven side, that will tour Pakistan, in the next couple of days.

"I am telling you the World eleven will come to Pakistan. I can tell you this notable players from all member countries of the ICC will be in the World eleven," he told a gathering in Lahore yesterday.

File image of Najam Sethi of PCB. AP

File image of Najam Sethi of PCB. AP

"Once the World eleven comes to Lahore the Sri Lankan team will also come and it will open the doors for more teams to come to Pakistan," Sethi said.

Media reports have said that former Zimbabwean Test player, Andy Flower has nearly completed his negotiations with some leading players for the World eleven tour to Lahore including Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir etc.

"We will announce the names of the players in the World eleven side in the next 2 to 3 days," the PCB chief said.

Sethi since taking over Chairman this month has made it clear his priority is to see the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

No top Test team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 although Zimbabwe did play a short limited over series in mid-2015 in Lahore.

The PCB also organized the final of the 2nd Pakistan Super League edition in Lahore in March.

Sethi said this time the board was planning to hold some matches of the 3rd PSL in Lahore and Karachi.

"It is a slow process but we are now on the right path," he said.

He said the PCB was taking top security experts from other boards and FICA on board to assure them international teams can play in Lahore without any concerns.

Asked about the Umar Akmal issue, Sethi said that there will be no compromise made on disciplinary issues and the due process will be followed.

The PCB is reportedly paying players who agree to be part of the World eleven which will be coached by Andy Flower between USD 75,000 and USD 100,000 for playing a three match T20 series in Lahore between 8 and 15 September.

The International Cricket Council is supporting the World eleven tour to Pakistan while the Sri Lankan board has said that subject to government clearance it wants to play one T20 match in Lahore this year.

Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114