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World XI series can bring cricket back in Pakistan: Ben Cutting

"I spoke to a few of those guys, they were happy with it all, and I spoke with the security guys when I made my decision," Cutting said.

Ben Cutting
Ben Cutting. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The Pakistani fans are about to witness a thrilling and entertaining, action packed series during the Independence Cup between the World XI and Pakistan, scheduled for later this month. The cricketing fever is all set to make a comeback in the lovely country, for the first time since the 2008 Lahore attacks on the visiting Sri Lankan team bus. However, things have changed and better security measures are being assured by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the safe conduct of the series.

In the meanwhile, Australia’s Ben Cutting, who is part of the World XI squad, feels that the coming series can help the country regain the sporting fever back again, which seemed to have vanished in the past years. Cutting hopes that the World XI series is a major step taken to bring cricket back in Pakistan. The big-hitting Australian is all set to join fellow Aussie players- George Bailey and Tim Paine, as the trio is the part of World XI team set to visit Pakistan.

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“Obviously there’s not been a lot of international cricket played there since 2009 when the Sri Lankans toured, but I think things have changed a bit since then. It’s a big thing for world cricket to be able to take this sort of game there – a World XI against Pakistan,” Cutting was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying.

Hopefully its goes well

The Pakistan board has also ensured that they will be providing a President level of security to the players and all the fans are hoping for it to be a success. “I spoke to a few of those guys, they were happy with it all, and I spoke with the security guys when I made my decision,” he stated talking about the security concerns.

Earlier, the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 was successfully hosted in Lahore, which opened the gates to welcome back the sport in the country. “They played the PSL final there earlier this year which went off without a hitch, and a few overseas boys were part of that. Hopefully it goes well, I believe Sri Lanka are touring after us, and that might start the ball rolling for other international teams taking cricket back to Pakistan, which can only be a good thing for world cricket,” added the all-rounder.

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