Ben Cutting is a part of the World XI squad    Getty Images
Ben Cutting is a part of the World XI squad Getty Images

Since the incident near the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore in 2009, Pakistan hardly hosted any international cricket. This resulted in less practice at home ground for the team, a loss in revenue and increase in expenditure to hold their home matches in UAE. However, post Pakistan s maiden Champions Trophy title win, an ICC World XI side is all set to tour the country for a few matches and Ben Cutting feels this can benefit Pakistan in more international teams being interested to visit for cricket tours. What is even overwhelming is the fact that Sri Lanka, who were the victims of Gaddafi Attack, will visit Pakistan following the World XI matches. READ: Helping Pakistan is important for cricket, says Collingwood

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. It’s a big thing for world cricket to be able to take this sort of game there a World XI against Pakistan, Cutting told about the matter.

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, he added.

When asked if his family is okay with him touring Pakistan, Cutting said, They all trusted my decision. They understand it’s a pretty important game to be a part of, not just for myself but for cricket in Pakistan. So they’re comfortable with it.