ICC congratulates Pakistan on successfully hosting World XI's tour

The farewell ceremony will be hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson called the matches an "important stepping stone" for Pakistan to earn the "confidence of the global sporting community".

"They were just delighted to be here, they were happy to be part of this series and happy to be part of the revival of worldwide cricket because everyone realises that world cricket needs a very strong Pakistan team", he said.

The three-game series marked Pakistan's return to hosting worldwide events after years of concern over security.

South Africa's Faf du Plessis praised Pakistan's effort to win back confidence of foreign cricket teams and resume worldwide cricket at home. "It will take its natural course, but if we continue to have series such as these, teams continue to tour and everyone goes home happy then there is no reason why cricket can't be a regular feature in this part of the world", added Sami.

He said Pakistan is "safe for global cricket".

Sri Lanka have agreed to visit Pakistan for one match at the end of September and West Indies are planning to send a team later in the year, Sethi said.

Though the demands rose to a crescendo regarding the revival of cricket in the country in few years but the successful Pakistan Super League final in Lahore gave a major boost to the perception of normalisation of law and order situation in the country in March. "All of us (players) feel secure", Elliot was quoted as saying by Geo News ahead of the final T20 match of the Independence Cup.

Darren Sammy as always loved playing in Pakistan and his smile says it all!

Such expenditures in the long-run will not be sustainable for the PCB but that is the price it pays now to assure the cricketers of their safety.

While for now the West Indies and Sri Lanka might not be the crème-de-crème of worldwide cricket, a successful conclusion of their visit could open up more doors. It has to take time.



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