On Monday, Pakistan rejoiced as cricket returned to their land since 2009, when a bus carrying Sri Lanka cricketers was attacked by terrorists. Six Pakistan policemen and a few Lankan players were injured. However, low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series. Ever since that horrific incident, Pakistan have played at neutral venues with their second home being UAE. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced that 15 players from seven different countries would be touring Pakistan as part of World XI squad who will play 3-match T20I series to be held in Lahore next month. One of the cricketers, who were quick to react on the news, was Wasim Akram. The cricketer became rather emotional and took to twitter to react on the good news.

Addressing the media on Monday, PCB s new chairman Najam Sethi said, “Players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe have agreed to play the World XI tournament in Pakistan, however, India has declined to send its players to Pakistan. He also added that Punjab Government has approved for Presidential level security for the week-long tour. In the recent development of cricket making comeback in Pakistan, Sri Lanka cricketers have also been approached for World XI squad. Andy Flower will be coaching the team.

Sri Lanka and West Indies will also be travelling to Pakistan soon for T20I series in November which was confirmed on Monday as well.