Commentator Mel Jones won't be visiting Pakistan for the T20 series

Commentator Mel Jones won’t be visiting Pakistan for the T20 series

The T20 series between Pakistan and World XI will be starting on September 12th.

Mel Jones
Mel Jones, former Aussie cricketer and commentator. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Australian cricketer Mel Jones who has established herself as a renowned commentator, will miss out on covering the much anticipated T20 series between World XI and Pakistan, starting on September 12. Jones posted a tweet to inform her followers that she won’t be able to make it to Pakistan, as her visa didn’t arrive on time.

Jones started working as a commentator in 2007 after Cricket Australia proposed her name to commentate on the Women’s T20I, covered by Australia’s popular channel 9. She also did commentary on men’s and women’s game on ABC Radio. She was a popular face during the IPL 2015, and later took up boundary commentary during Big Bash and more recently the PSL 2017.

All the T20 matches featuring World XI and Pakistan will take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The first game has been slated on 12th of this month, and it will be followed by the next two encounters on 13th and 15th. Faf du Plessis will lead the World XI side that will feature some big names such as Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, David Miller, Tamim Iqbald and former English cricketer Paul Collingwood.

Cricket back in the nation

Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, Australia’s George Bailey and New Zealand’s Grant Elliot will also take part in the series. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who recently led Pakistan to the Champions Trophy win, will lead the home side once again. Cricket will be coming back to Pakistan after a long wait. Apart from Zimbabwe, no other team has visited Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket bus by armed terrorists in Lahore, in 2009.

The upcoming T20 series will open the doors for other teams to visit the cricket loving nation. It has been reported that Sri Lanka and West Indies will be visiting Pakistan later this year.