Ben Cutting Believes World XI Tour Good for Pakistan and Cricket as a Whole
Cricket is set to be back in Pakistan, all thanks to ICC to have a World XI team to travel to Pakistan for a three match T20 against Pakistan.
The games will be played on 12th, 13th, and 15th September at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. This tour will encourage more international teams to travel to the country, as no Test playing nation has traveled to the country since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.
ICC announced the team to play in Pakistan which includes five players from South Africa, three players from Australia, two from West Indies and one each from Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Faf Du Plessis will lead the World XI team which also includes team mates Hashim Amla and David Miller.
Australia fast-bowler Ben Cutting is also a part of the World XI team to play in Pakistan. Ben believes that this tour will encourage many teams to play in the cricket frenzy country; this will also be beneficial for cricket as a whole. Pakistan hosted the PSL final in Lahore, and many international star players played in the final at Lahore.
Ben said that security situations in Pakistan have improved since the 2009 attacks. Ben said,
“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. They played the PSL final there earlier this year which went off without a hitch, and a few overseas boys were part of that. 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 also added,
“It’s a big thing for world cricket to be able to take this sort of game there – a World XI against Pakistan. 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.”
Ben is making a comeback to cricket after a hernia surgery and believes this is a huge opportunity for him to play for the World XI team, he concluded by saying,
“I remember watching World XI games as a kid; I think they played Australia at the MCG at one point in time. I remember (Heat coach) Dan Vettori played in a few as well, but they’re few and far between, so I’m pretty excited to be a part of it,”
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