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Former Pakistan greats overjoyed to see the response for return of cricket in the country

The tour has not only brought delight to the fans, but even former Pakistan greats are overjoyed hearing the response from seven Test playing nation.

Wasim Akram
Former Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram. (Photo credit ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Less than a month to go and excitement among Pakistani fans has reached a higher stratum, streets once again blaring horn as players around the world unite to compete against Pakistan in a three T20 Internationals. It will be for the first time in nine years that cricket fans will get a chance to witness a season of cricket. The World XI that is all set to tour Pakistan will be led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis which consists of swashbuckling players from all around the world.

The star studded line up will be mentored by Zimbabwe’s legend Andy Flower. The PCB chairman, Najam Sethi is hoping to get cricket back to the country and seems to be working fearlessly with full fortitude. A series, which is filled with excitement will also help other nations witness security measures, and will eventually help Pakistan to get cricket back to their country.

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Wasim Akram is glad to see the response from all around the world

The tour has not only brought delight to the fans, but even former Pakistan greats are overjoyed hearing the response from seven Test playing nation.

Former fast bowler Wasim Akram couldn’t keep the excitement in the stomach and went on saying that, “It is heartening to see international cricket return to the country and I’m sure millions of fans are waiting for this new beginning. The experience of playing in front of home crowds is a different one altogether and I’m sure the Pakistan players will be that much more motivated to come up with memorable performances.”

“I’ve always believed that youngsters are inspired to pursue the game seriously when they see their heroes in action from close quarters. I’m sure that will be true of this series too when they will get to watch Pakistan players fight it out against players from the world over,” he added.

“I’m very glad to see so many players agree to tour Pakistan for this series. I’m sure these matches will go a long way in portraying a positive picture of the country. The touring players will get to experience the hospitality and love for the game here first hand and that could hopefully lead to more tours,” Wasim stated.

Waqar Younis is hopeful for a successful series

His partner in crime, Waqar Younis also expressed his thoughts and feels Pakistan’s recent performance at the ICC event has helped them earn the series at home.

The former head coach of the national team stated, “This home series against a World XI could not have been better timed. Pakistan produced a superb performance just a few months ago by winning the ICC Champions Trophy and the players deserve the opportunity to display their class at home venues.”

“I hope this series will be successful and encourage more international teams to come touring. Everyone knows that the people of Pakistan have a huge passion for the game and this series creates the opportunity for them to not only watch live cricket action but also look forward to more series,” Waqar added.

“The paucity of cricket over this long period would have increased the appetite of fans across the country and we could hopefully see international cricket in other cities too,” he was quoted as saying by pakpassion.net.

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