Faf du Plessis    Getty Images
Faf du Plessis Getty Images

As Pakistan are getting ready to revive cricket in their country, Faf du Plessis the captain of World XI is excited with the prospect of bringing the crowd back to the stadiums. Coached by former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower, the squad was announced last week. The list boasts of five South Africans, three Australians, two West Indians, one Bangladeshi and one Englishman. The matches will be played on September 12, 13 and 15.

Since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team, most of the countries have denied playing cricket in Pakistan. Barring Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, none of the countries have visited the nation.

Speaking more on revival of cricket in Pakistan, du Plessis told a private news channel, The tour is about bringing international cricket to Pakistan. It is much more than just us visiting Pakistan. It is about Pakistan as a country and Pakistani cricket. We will be glad if we can play a small role to make sure that cricket is played there (Pakistan) because there are so many fans who are desperate to see cricket at home. Lots of young fans don t have the opportunity to watch live cricket at home.

Du Plessis had visited Pakistan during his Under-19 days, when the stadiums were empty. This time he is hopeful to witness full house.

He also is looking forward to take on Sarfraz Ahmed’s side, I am looking forward to a houseful and hoping that the World XI can give a tough time to Pakistan. Teams playing the series understand that this is an iconic event for Pakistan cricket. It is about getting fans back to stadiums and we are going there to bring them (fans) back and that s the most important thing.