"Returning full-time global cricket back to Pakistan is not going to be an overnight miracle".
The last series in Pakistan was against the Zimbabweans in May 2015.
They said these are small steps of Pakistan towards the safe and steady revival of bilateral worldwide cricket. Once he was out on the ground the crowd started cheering "Boom Boom Afridi" as rickshaw drove him around the stadium.
"We welcomed them in a memorable way and we are here to cherish the achievements of our great players besides watching a thrilling match", they added.
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Since then, the only worldwide team to visit Pakistan was Zimbabwe, which played five limited-overs games in Lahore in 2015. The PCB has had to rely on heavy financial incentives for the visiting players to draw them to the country so far.
Recently, the World XI also played three T20s in Lahore with the host side clinching the series by 2-1.
"When we go from the ground to the hotel, it's as safe as any other country". On the 15th September 2017 West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron has announced that the West Indies team will visit Pakistan in November for a three-match T20 series.
The likes of Darren Sammy were paid up to $50,000 for the PSL final. The PCB needs all the appreciation, all the law enforcing agencies who were involved deserve praise, players who took on the challenge of coming here and playing cricket deserve special mention. The upcoming visits of West Indies and SriLankan teams will pave a way for other teams to visit Pakistan.
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Former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who was present at the ceremony, received the Imtiaz Ahmed Spirit Award named after the former great who was part of Pakistan's first Test team whereas PCB Chairman Najam Sethi awarded 10million for each Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi which would be donated to Edhi foundation.
Afridi took the lap of honour during the innings break.
The series between Pakistan and World XI has garnered a lot of hype and interest.
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