After surging to number sixth spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings, followed by a comprehensive 180-run victory over India to lift the maiden ICC Champions Trophy title, Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur believes World XI’s tour to Pakistan will be a stepping stone to resume International cricket in Pakistan.
“We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games,” Arthur was quoted as saying by AFP.
The World XI is scheduled to visit Pakistan in September this year for the three-match Twenty20 matches, as Arthur would be eagerly waiting for the series which could entertain the cricket starving-nation back home in Pakistan.
The 49-year-old Johannesburg-born Arthur feels it will make a way for the other tours in Pakistan which could set things in order, as Pakistan is yet to host a Test since 2009 after Sri Lankan team bus came under terror attack while Lankan players were on their way.
“So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope,” Arthur revealed.
After routing India in a one-sided affair at the Oval, Arthur stated the progress of the upcoming fixture will help out the youngsters to show more courage in the field followed by bat and ball.
Coming into the event as number eight, Pakistan has shown the ability by producing a scintillating performance which further saw Sarfraz Ahmed fielding three debutants in five matches in the England and Wales.
Interestingly, Pakistan management was trying hard to resume cricket at the earliest, as only Zimbabwe came to play in 2015, but of late the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed to send the XI.
Arthur, who was livid with the team’s performance in their tournament opener on June 4 against arch-rivals India at Edgbaston, has praised the efforts of skipper Sarfraz for leading the team from front to lay hands on the coveted title.
“We just had to keep believing… they kept on believing, trusting their roles and trusting the game-plan that ‘Saffy’ (Sarfraz Ahmed) and I had set up,” Arthur asserted.
Arthur has effusively praised Mohammad Amir, who broke the back of quality batting line-up while revealing he is a come a long way
The left arm pacer Amir bagged three vital wickets against India after returning into the side while nursing back spasm which forced him to sit out in the first semi-final clash at the Cardiff. However, the game was won by Pakistan comfortable.
“It says a lot about his personality, but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player,” Arthur concluded.
In March this year, the Head of ICC’s Task Force Committee for Pakistan, Giles Clarke, who’s the President of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), revealed the action will revive while taking the stock of situation in the country.