ICC backs return of global matches in Pakistan

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Pakistan Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving global cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security. "To grow the capability and to build the confidence, the next step is to grow and improve the capability in cities outside Lahore and build the confidence in teams like Australia and England to visit Pakistan, in fact, all the cricket teams", he added. "ICC will be extending help to Pakistan for the return of global cricket and it will be persuading the other cricket playing nations to visit Pakistan in due course of time", said the ICC official.

Chief Executive Officer David Richardson has said that the World XI tour to Pakistan is stepping stone towards the revival of worldwide cricket.

He acknowledged the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) efforts for the revival of global cricket in Pakistan.

Chief Executive David Richardson said on Wednesday that if security arrangements in Pakistan continued to remain satisfactory, the country would host ICC events in the coming days. "But I must admit that Pakistan has improved the security". "The PCB and security agencies deserve due credit for this", he said.

Acknowledging the importance of that event, Richardson said that the current three-match series would go a long way towards convincing other countries that Pakistan could safely host their teams.

"He dispelled an impression that ICC was extending any favour to India in regard to any cricket matter".

Sethi told reporters that he was grateful to Richardson for the role he had played for reviving worldwide cricket in the country.

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"Security is world wide concern, many countries and sports have been suffered due to it and collective efforts are needed to help our member countries which are facing this problem and ICC is also helping Pakistan to get out of this situation and approved sending its World XI to Pakistan ", he added.

He added: "You can not ignore the political situation that is between India and Pakistan at the moment and the difficulties that might exist".

He pointed out that PCB was making solid efforts to build its capabilities for hosting worldwide cricket events in a safe manner ensuring adequate security for the visiting teams.

ICC official said ICC is dealing with the matter of Indian refusal to play its bilateral series with Pakistan and its (ICC) committee is close to resolve this issue. "So it's upto to the PCB to convince a member country to visit Pakistan but for this, first they have to further improve their security".

Richardson said he hoped Pakistan - who also hosted Zimbabwe in 2015 - would be able to build on the current tour."It's a long process", said Richardson of the revival of worldwide cricket in Pakistan. "I hope with this World XI tour, they will start hosting more worldwide teams and the level of Pakistan cricket will improve further".

Pakistan has hosted only one worldwide series since militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six security officials.

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