[caption id="attachment_636908" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/andy-flower.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-636908" alt="Andy Flower (Image courtesy: Getty)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/andy-flower.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Andy Flower (Image courtesy: Getty)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Zimbabwean great and celebrated former England coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/andy-flower">Andy Flower</a> deserves chunk of credit for resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. Flower will be the coach of the high-profile World XI side, whose players he handpicked, during a packed international calendar. The idea for the tour was proposed to Flower by ECB president Giles Clarke, who also heads ICC s Pakistan Task Team (PTT). <strong>ALSO READ: <a title="PSL can benefit Pakistan youngsters says Andy Flower" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/psl-can-benefit-pakistan-youngsters-says-andy-flower-396008">PSL can benefit Pakistan youngsters says Andy Flower</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p> Initially I had to look at who was busy during this period of the year. And initially we didn t settle on the dates specifically so it was a little difficult working out exactly who was going to be physically available. Then I started having some phone conversations with players and agents, Flower told <i>ESPNCricinfo</i>, who also admitted that security remained the primary concern when it came to convincing players. <p></p> <p></p> In general the response was very positive. Obviously these are professional cricketers we are dealing with and this is part of their profession but there s a deeper meaning to this tour and the players will really embrace the spirit with which the Independence Cup will be played. And I also believe they will be surprised and pleased by the reception they get from the Pakistani people, said Flower. <p></p> <p></p>Flower was confident himself. He had a stint with Peshawar Zalmi in the first season of PSL and then his younger brother Grant has been the batting coach of Pakistan for over 3 years and there was high encouragement from there as well. I speak regularly with him (Grant) of course. But I ve also got some other strong connections. I coached England with Mushtaq Ahmed for a few years. And we became strong friends. And I also played cricket with Mohammad Akram and coached with him at Peshawar Zalmi. So I had very fond memories of Pakistan and some really good relationships with people from the country, Flower added.