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12 September 2017, 02:57 | Christie Tate
Mohammad Amir may miss Independence Cup
Starting on Tuesday, Pakistan will host three global T20 matches against a World XI, marking the return of worldwide cricket to the country.
No team, apart from Zimbabwe, has toured Pakistan for an global fixture since the 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore which left players injured and killing other civilians. The game will, in every way be historic as it is a big step forward by ICC to bring back global cricket matches to Pakistan after the terrible terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team during their tour in 2009.
Earlier, the Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) Task Force on Pakistan Giles Clarke congratulated the Pakistani people over the revival of cricket in the country, saying, "It is not just cricket, but much much more than that".
Pakistan has been playing their home games in the UAE due to security since 2009 when the Sri Lanka national team bus was attacked by terrorist gunmen.
Mohammad Amir will have to wait longer to play his first game in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the accolades continue to stream in for Du Plessis.
Mohammad Amir's wait to play an worldwide match in Pakistan will be prolonged, as he will miss the T20I series against the World XI. It has already scheduled a Twenty20 global against Sri Lanka in October, subject to security clearance, and a three-match T20 series against the West Indies in November is also in the pipeline.
With the ICC World XI reaching Pakistan to play three T20s in Lahore, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram is elated.
No major nation has toured Pakistan since 2009 after a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team was sacked upon by 12 gunmen near the Gaddafi Stadiumin Lahore.
Pakistan is preparing to show the cricketing world that it's safe to play worldwide matches in the country by staging a three-match Twenty20 global series against a World XIin Lahore next week.
Last time Pakistan hosted an global side in their home soil was in 2015 when they played Zimbabwe in a limited-overs series. Once the action starts, the Pakistan team will also look to build on their unexpected Champions trophy triumph.
After a long gap of almost 8 years, the Pakistani crowd will finally get to see their team face an opponent. Local television shows pre-match footage on a constant loop, showing the player's arrival at Lahore and their practices at the Gaddafi Stadium.
South African captain of the World XI, Faf du Plessissaid he was honoured to be the captain of the World XI whose visit will help in breaking the dead lock of worldwide cricket in Pakistan. He too will play his first worldwide game in Pakistan, but against the country of his birth. "This might be a series for a great cause to revive cricket but we have to watch out for our T20 ranking as well". Been there to play Test series and we won that series. This day embarks the inception of a new journey for the nation as there are 2 more global events and series in the pipeline for Pakistani team that will improve the current conditions.
On the bowling front, Morne Morkel will spearhead the pace attack, and Imran Tahir and Samuel Badree will perform spin duties.
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