Independence Cup 2017 international cricket in Pakistan biss Key satellite
After the ICC’s announcement of T20 series (three match series) at the Gaddafi Stadium, a wave of happiness has surged among the Pakistani followers. Getting an opportunity to host the Independence Cup 2017 is in itself one of the biggest steps after a prolonged wait in setting the platform for Pakistan’s ascent towards the top of the table in world cricket.
Pakistan cricket team will be playing against the stars of World XI. Paul Collingwood, the former England skipper is also a part of the World XI squad which will be played in Lahore on 12, 13 and 15 September. In his column for ICC, Collingwood wrote that the upcoming T20 series would re-establish the international level cricket in the country. The Independence Cup would restore the hope among the cricketing fans which was lost after the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore. Since then, Pakistan has only hosted Zimbabwe for a bilateral series in 2015.
Writing in his column Collingwood mentioned that “There are lots of reasons why I’m looking forward to playing in the World XI T20 tour of Lahore. Hopefully, this can be a significant step in helping Pakistan host international fixtures again after eight years of playing in other countries, including their home series in the United Arab Emirates and England”.
Pakistan has played their ‘home’ matches in the United Arab Emirates and England since 2009, Collingwood insisted that it must have been “frustrating” for the players to play away from home for so many years.
“Playing away from their home would have done nothing to help them improve their game in the long-term and it must have been so frustrating” wrote Collingwood.
Collingwood also mentioned about his plans during the tour and suggested, “Time is limited and the security will be high, so, unfortunately, we won’t be able to do the tourist things I did when I went there 12 years ago and we understand that. We’ve got ‘Head of State’ security, which I’ve been involved with in India after the Mumbai attacks and also in Bangladesh last year.”
“I’m just looking forward to playing three really competitive games of cricket and for it to be as normal as possible”, he said.
He further added that “Trying to help Pakistan is important for cricket – and no one can pretend the money isn’t great – but, added to that, playing them in their own backyard also really floated my boat.”
It appears Collingwood is eagerly looking forward to #LiveTheGame, so do we