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International XI arrives for Twenty20

Umar Farooq

October 18, 2012

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Sanath Jayasuriya is welcomed on his arrival in Karachi, Karachi, October 18, 2012
Sanath Jayasuriya: "The suspension of cricket in Pakistan is very unfortunate because the people love the game here" © AFP
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A team led by former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya and managed by former West Indian batsman Alvin Kallicharan has arrived in Karachi on Thursday afternoon. The international XI team will play two exhibition Twenty20 matches against a Pakistan Stars XI at National Stadium in Karachi this weekend, ending a near four-year drought of international cricket in the country.

Several other players including batsman Ricardo Powell, fast bowlers Jermaine Lawson and Adam Sanford from West Indies, and Andre Nel and Nantie Hayward from South Africa landed earlier in the morning. South Africa allrounder Justin Kemp has withdrawn due to his domestic cricket commitments while two Afghanistan players - Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Shahzad - will reach Karachi tomorrow from Kabul.

"I am happy to be part of these matches," Jayasuriya said on his arrival. "It depends on country to country [whether teams tour Pakistan] but in my opinion Pakistan is a safe country. The incidents of Lahore [attacks on the Sri Lanka team in 2009] were not the best thing to have happened and the suspension of cricket in Pakistan is very unfortunate because the people love the game here."

The games are unofficial and are arranged by the Sindh sports minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah. The PCB has issued No Objection Certificates to the contracted players due to participate and has allowed the use of the National Stadium, but all the logistic arrangements, broadcasting deals and security arrangements were made by Shah with the support of the local government in Karachi.

Since the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009, Pakistan have been forced to hold its international matches away from home and also lost hosting rights of the 2009 Champions Trophy and 2011 World Cup. A move to stage a tournament with international faces might prove a small stepping stone for the revival of international cricket in the country.

Kallicharan was enthusiastic about cricket returning to Pakistan. "I came here way back in 1972 to raise funds for flood victims and this time it's another noble cause: promotion of cricket in Pakistan," he said. "I think they [other countries] will have to have a look. With the success of these matches a good message will go out. Pakistan is a part of world cricket and we are here to show that Pakistan is a place to play cricket."

The plan isn't entirely sanctioned by the PCB and the ICC ,and the organiser was forced to change the name of the teams to remove any association with the two boards as the matches hold no official status.

Powell, who has played 109 ODIs, hoped the series would change perceptions about Pakistan. "Its feel good [to be here in Pakistan]," he said. "Its a great opportunity for the players to come here and really exhibit their skills, I think its about time that world cricket returns to Pakistan.

"Twenty20 is the most exciting form of the game that you have right now and the teams are here to really enjoy themselves. Lots of good players are here, lots of guys from South Africa as well and lots of other players from other parts of the world, and I'm sure it will be a great weekend and we will see some good cricket."

The teams are staying at the Sheraton hotel, with extensive security of around 5000 policemen, claimed the provisional sports minister. The team will have a practice session on Friday at Karachi Gymkhana Ground.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by MWaqqar on (October 20, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

Some international cricket. It would be ages when real internationals come to Pak

Posted by PakCricSpin on (October 20, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Thank you all for trying to bring back international cricket to Pakistan. And special thanks to all the players who showed up. We are forever in your debt. Thank You. - Pakistani fans.

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

good move for Pakistan Cricket.

Posted by HUJ_MA on (October 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Hmmm lake of support and intereste made it so difficult. Otherwis it would not take as much time to recover .

Posted by alipk52 on (October 20, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

@Hafiz al raji Geo Super will telecast it. 7:00 PM (Local), 2:00 pm GMT

Posted by wasim_007 on (October 20, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Welcome Cricket to Pakistan....Afridi we love you and you have a lot of cricket to offer don't be fool and carry one...form come and goes but class remains steady....you are calssy...we love you....We are very thank full to the player from overseas and the organizer who made this happen.....lovely....Shame on PCB not to be part of this event...

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Hafiz al raji. .Geo Super channel will be broadcasting this matches. .it is pakistani sports channel. if GEO SUPER is not availble in your side you can live stream.

Posted by Hafiz al raji on (October 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Which chennell will telecast?

Posted by   on (October 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to CRICKET CRAZY world. I hope you have a WONDERFUL journey, God bless you guys. LOVE ya.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 19, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Great to see cricket back in Pakistan!all the best of luck for this event..

Posted by Dannymania on (October 19, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

i hope cricket comes back to pakistan.the truth is,that people love cricket here.we all would love to see cricket matches in pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Pakistan is very safe place now.Hope BD team will visit there very soon.--Bangladeshi fan

Posted by PakCricSpin on (October 19, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Want to thank all those who arrived to Pakistan. Welcome them all! So wonderful to see you all here again. Inshallah it will be a pleasant game and safe trip.

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 19, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Very Sad not to watch Kemp in the match from South Africa. Dear Kemp, Do not take Pakistan in a danger place. IT IS SAFE AND BETTER TO COME HERE.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan Fan I want International Cricket to Blossom in Pakistan . Lets not forget the Policemen who gave up there lives protecting our Cricketers during the dark days of 2009 . One cannot forget Mr Kaleel for driving our Players to safety. We wish Pakistan Cricket the very best . Pakistan Zindabad !

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

If this goes successfully then its most likely Bangladesh will be touring Pakistan after the court procedure has finished because Pakistan has allowed a Bangladeshi to be the next ICC Vice and President in the next 3 years but I just hope Pakistan are true to their word on these events going to plan.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Pakistan is indeed a safe country. 195 Million people reside in the vicinity of Pakistan.

Incidents take place in all parts of the world, be it US or South Africa. They're inevitable.

Hopefully this tour of International World 11 will give the world a good message about Pakistan and help in reviving our cricket.

Posted by king_mullah on (October 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Brave men is an understatment

Posted by joseyesu on (October 19, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

I too want Ind to play with Pak freely, but anytime bomb blast are happening there. Right now PAK can only imagine of playing with retired 11.

Posted by sharidas on (October 19, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

There is no doubt that there are very few nations in the cricketing World where the passion for the game is so high as in Pakistan. Unfortunately it is not the people with this passion for cricket who create problems for the game there. And in a country where there are so many refugees living, it certainly is going to be hard to control misdeeds every now and then. Added security will be a big step, but more than that individual players from all the cricketing countries will have to start believing that it will be safe to play in Pakistan. Tours like this is a good start and lets hope the trend continues.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Thank-you gentleman for all your support. I would like to quote from the song Lightning Crashes by the band 'Live' here 'I can keep it coming back again. Like a rolling thunder chasing the wind...'

Posted by Aasifi on (October 19, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Good News for Pakistani fans, Hats off to these Brave Men to came Pakistan and especially in Karachi. Cheers

Posted by thebeardedblunder on (October 19, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Hey, this is all very heart-warming stuff, and all those involved deserve a jolly good pat on the back.........mindyou, it's going to be squeaky-bum time for the bus driver!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Sri Lankans are a BRAVE nation, they fought the local insurgency for decades and still kept producing great players like Aravinda, Jayasuriya, Kaluwitharana, Murali, Vaas, Mahela, Sangakara and Malinga...

They know how it feels to have been deprived of international cricket and top teams not ready to visit (like Australia and England didn't visit Sri Lanka in 96 World Cup).

Great to see Cricket starting again in Pakistan and I believe International Cricket is at best when played at Sub-Continent between India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka and Now Bangladesh also proving to be good fighters.

Posted by o-bomb on (October 19, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Good luck to the organisers for these matches. I hope we can see international cricket being played in Pakistan again.

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 19, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

After this event PPL would be another giant step in bringing international cricket in Pak...it might not be as successful as IPL,BPL,SLPL in its first run...but the first edition will prove that Pak is a safe country to play cricket and encourage more players to come here....after that(in later editions) we can really think about comparing it with IPL,BPL,SLPL,BBL and other leagues around the world ;). thanks to all the srilankans,wi,s,afghanis,bangladeshis and very few indians for supporting us ).

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 19, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

WOW this will gonna be AWESOME. Thanks to all who are coming to Pakistan. National Stadium Lets ROCK. yahooo....!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

welcome back international cricket thanx for comming pakistan again...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

thank you Srilianka, and All who are Coming to us,... We Are Desperate to Watch Live International Action, and Thanks All Westindians and the all participating Players,

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

First of All

Very warm welcome with thanks to all the International players, who are visiting us. That's so nice and brave move by u people, applauses.

Secondly, I urge my government and authorties to put every inch of their efforts to make it a PEACEFUL Event, as any incident (GOD FORBIDS) can put permanent veils over cricket in Pakistan.

Thirdly, I urge to the member nations to trust our government and authorities and send their teams as PAKISTAN is really a safe place apart from few cities where even International stadiums do not exist. Places like Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi ARE SAFE

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

I as a Pakistani really thank the International players who are making this happen after such a long time. Pakistan is a country where cricket is taken more seriously then their own work/jobs, cricket coming back to the country would be the first of the many good steps to come for this great nation. I hope this would encourage more of the international teams to come back to Pakistan and enjoy our hospitality and the food. I bet all these international players have been missing some serious Pakistani cuisine.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

It's really great to see because people of Pakistan badly waiting for these moment and i would to humble request ICC should also act positively rather then support those who don't want cricket in Pakistan...

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Best of luck to Pakistani cricket loving public.Hope this tournament will open the door for international teams to visit Pakistan.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (October 19, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Hats off to these brave men who came to pakistan at such time, Karachi is still not a safe place by any account, but there are other dangerous places on the planet where sports still take place.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Thank you Sri Lanka..... A friend need a friend indeed..... You Sri Lankan People are Great All round.

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (October 19, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

I have no words to thank world xi.sanath is true legend.i hope there should b some quality cricket and all players return to home safely and happily.pray that other cricketing nations visit pakistan espically s.l in near future as they are true friends of pakistan.love to all players who visited pakistan

Posted by deepsjosh on (October 19, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Its grt to see int'l criket in Pakistan after such a long gap..Pakistan government sud take this event very seriously and sud accomplish in such a manner that it delivers a welcoming message to every criketer n fans in the land of PAK

Posted by Sidath346 on (October 19, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

It certainly will be nice to see cricket returning to Pakistan. There are so many people who are dying to watch cricket over there and hope this will be the first step to many other cricket matches in Pakistan. All the best, Pakistan. from a fan in Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

Thank you for coming to Pakistan, and supporting us when we need the support most. Most teams are scared to come but i swear what brave men are these who came to pakistan at such time.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (October 19, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I am happy that our National treasure Sanath Jayasooriya has opted to break the tip of the iceberg. I sincerely hope international cricket resumes/returns to Pakistan. The 2009 incident was as one guy said here, a one off case and it happened at no fault of the Pakistani people or the PCB, it was by a set of people who wanted to harm the good image of Pakistan. We Lankans never isolated Pakistan post 2009 March, we will never. We are with you my Pakistani Brothers and Sisters, and I hope the ICC take this as a stepping stone to assess the situation and give the green light for international cricket matches to be held again in Pakistan. Thanks

Posted by yaksaya on (October 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Good luck PAK cricket!! - from a Sri Lankan whose top 3 teams are SL, WI & PAK!

FYI: A lot of Sri Lankans love Pak cricket and many of their down to earth players!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 19, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

NO MATTER WHAT HAPENS AFTR DIS TOUR Z SAFELY CNDUCTD(INSHALLAH) ONE MUST LAUDE THE EFFORTS OF DR.M.ALI.SHAH,HE Z A CRICT ENTHUSIAST N A RENKNOWND ORTHOPADIC SURGEON.ONE CAN EASILY SEE HIM INDULGING HIMSELF IN ANY CRICT ACTIVETY GOING AROUND In KARACHI,ESPECIALLY.I ALWAYS FEEL ASHAMED AS A DIE HARD PAK CRIC FAN AFTR "THE MOST UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT IN OUR CRICT HISTRY" TOOK PLACE AT LAHORE"THE HEART OF PAKISTAN" .ANYWAY LIFE MUST GO ON N I THANK ALL VISITORS ON THE BEHALF OF CRIC LOVRS 4RM MY FRATERINITY, I would love to see if some of The matches shall be organised at islamabad crict stadium at some point in futur As i hail 4rm there n It z the capital of pak N such a beautiful city.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Thanks for all the internatoinal players comming to pakistan. You have won the hearts already.

Posted by AllahKeBande on (October 19, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

All the best to World XI, try to come back in single piece

Posted by taslu613 on (October 19, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

This is really a better news for the cricket. The managements should make sure the safety of the players. If the matches ends successfully,would send a positive news around the world.Army should be deployed for security of the players.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

I love you Sri Lanka the you're backing us is awesome. I wish to see you be blessed by Allah favour :)

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 19, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Great to watch all players. ICC must consider Pakistan as Safe Place. Most of international players want to play in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

i am excited to it happening, I hope the Karachiates can take real good care of the visiting players and best possible security steps are taken so that players visiting return home safely and happily

Posted by emran_xaman on (October 19, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Thank you Mr. Jaysuria ... in crowds I and many of friends will cheer for International World 11 .... you have indebted us a lot by bringing the game back in our country ....

Posted by zeshanmalik on (October 19, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

now icc also help pakistan to bring international team in pakistan stadium, bcz pakistan is safe country and there,s lot of fan of criket.i love pakistan by passion

Posted by dmqi on (October 19, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

I CAN SEE A FEW NEGATIVE COMMENTS BUT JAYASURIYA IS A GREAT CRICKETER AND HIS COMMENT IS VERY ENCOURAGING. I WISH YOU ALL, THE WORLD XI TEAM, GOOD LUCK AND HOPE THE CRICKET FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD ENJOY IT.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Gooooooooood very goooooood May Allah bless Pakistan and cricket

Posted by S.F.Ali on (October 19, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Sri Lankan always supported Pakistan... after that incident Jayasuria is here...all Pakistanis should be thankful for these international players... THANXXX for being here!!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

I believe the exile has lasted too long for Pakistan. Hope cricket returns to Pakistan soon, and we get to see India v Pak in Pakistan!

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (October 19, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

its those who stand with you during the tough times that matter... respect to our sri lankan brothers. if other teams dont want to come and support us, its up to them but i certainly believe that it will not stop the love of cricket in the country. pakistan fan

Posted by CRmadrid on (October 19, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Hats off to Sanath. As a Sri Lankan I'm happy & proud that he opted returned the favor to Pakistan for helping us during 1996 world cup.I wish this will be a success & hope Kumar & MJ will also go back there to show good faith in near future.

Posted by mumerashfaq on (October 19, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

really happy to see that International team is back in pakistan......Too muvh excited that this will be the 1st match that I'll see in Pakistan Live. Applauds to All team members of World XI that they came to Pak.

Posted by Gehanwijesinghe on (October 19, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

I cannot imagine the mindset of the international cricket managing authorities. What happened back in 2009 is an one off incident. Such things happen all over the world. In US many kids are killed in colleges by upset guys. You do not stop attending colleges, do you? Have foreigners shunned Mumbai after the terrorist attack? Examples are many. Where can you find 100% safety at present? Are you going to play cricket in Switzerland, where we very rarely or never hear of such incidents? What I say is that we have taken this too too far. Forget about what happend in 2009, just go on doing the business. Pakistan must take a firm stand and other Asian countries must help Pakistan. Enough is enough and Pakistan is a leading cricketing nation. It can have its international games in other contries like a stateless nation.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Thumb Up for 2 Players from AFGHANISTAN...

Posted by subbass on (October 19, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Surely the army should be the standard security and not policemen ? This is the only way I could possibly see international teams touring Pakistan again in the foreseeable future.

Posted by RiazInUSA on (October 19, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

I commend all the players for visiting Pakistan. Even though it might seem a small step for the fans from all the fortunate countries, it is a big step for Pakistani cricket and Pakistani people. Please join me in my wishes and prayers that all goes smoothly.

Posted by bluestar555 on (October 19, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

Ricardo Powell come back to the competitive cricket, you will be a great hit & people will pay to watch you bat, you aint old.

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

Excited to see cricket back in Pakistan - hope this will bring international cricket back in the country. Best, Shuaib Malik!

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

Good for Pakistan. Please be extra-careful about security. Thats should be the number one priority.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 19, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

@ Catherine Abamonga. With all due respect, you will find few, if any, will go there without an impressive "inducements".

Posted by maddy20 on (October 19, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

It is time for Pakistan to prove Jayasuriya's statement. If they do then there is a good chance that other teams would Pakistan in the near future.

Posted by Lankan_Pride1981 on (October 18, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

one thing i heard was pakistan is a very protective of his guests...even the bus driver did his very best to safely ( true that some players got injured) drive the sri lankan team away to safety in 2009 incidents...all the best

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

I really wonder how much these International Players are being paid for this trip to Pakistan?

Posted by touqeer777 on (October 18, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Thank you very very much of all the visiting players.Pakistani fans missing a lot international cricket at home ground.Now very soon Sri Lanka team will visit Pakistan.They are not like Bangladesh and India who always use Pakistan but never help them.All these visiting players have more star value than so called famous Bangladesh players who refused to go to Pakistan earlier.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Thanks to all players and organizers for resume cricket in Pakistan .

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

thats good for pakistani cricket hope afridi and its team perform well

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

Justin Kemp is awesomely clever...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

Probably this is the greatest favor to Pakistani people from our brothers from Sri lanka, West indies, South africa and Afghanistan ... thank you so much to each and every participating players! hail you guys. RESPECT from the core of the heart!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :D INshallah PAkistan will rock the matches

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 18, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

Thanks to sanath J and all the other players for visiting pakistan. we will always remember you as our friends. I hope you guys have great time there. I hope this breaks the ice for international teams to play cricket again in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

WOW.. Kalicharan is still active. Great cricketer ! Goood to see him around

Posted by ak_dragon on (October 18, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

We need cricket back in Pakistan....dying to See Aussie's, Kiwi's, South Africans...playing on Pakistan Soil....

Posted by Chris_P on (October 18, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

I am a massive fan of cricket played everywhere so I really hope the authorities sorts out these security issues. From reading many autobiographies from retired Aussie players, they all agreed it was a great experience to tour there & enjoyed the passion of the locals. The story told by Allan Border when visiting the Khyber pass region was fascinating.

Posted by Pak_Fan86 on (October 18, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Good to see good and encouraging comments from other countries specially from our Indian brothers. Thanks to all of you people who have such positive thinking for Pakistani people. I really hope this series will help the Pakistan cricket to organize home series very soon. People really wanna see cricket being played here, we simply love cricket.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

REALLY GOOD NEWS AND I CAN SEE M YOUSAF IS MISSING THAT IS SAD FOR ME....

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Great news ..... for both Pakistanis and for the cricket fans ...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

It is the time that Pakistani crowd and Matches organizing committee show to the world that Pakistan is the best place for cricket. Moreso, Pakistan current leadership show full respect to guest players by announcing some awards for the guest players as well as for Dr Ali. All coming guest players are true friends of Pakistan and we slute their friendship. Mian sb , you should also take some initiative for international cricket in Lahore.

Posted by TJ-Sh on (October 18, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

at last" dreams come true for cricket loving , peace loving people of Pakistan

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

thanx for coming to pak,@catchingfire u r obviously wrong

Posted by sirvivfan on (October 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Treat these players as special friends and guests of Pakistan.... They are making a statement. Shame could get get presentation from other playing member countries. Indeed one gets some faith that they some decent people in the world.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

As the sri Lankans,we love pakistan.our wish to see international cricket in pakistan again

Posted by SS_JJ on (October 18, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

I would to thanks all players who have dared to come Pakistan to bring the cricket back. I hope they play a good cricket here and then return to their home safely. Kudos to PCB and Pakistan chairman who persuade Sanath Jayasuriya and other players to come here.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Well it is a good news. Pakistan people love cricket. Let cricket plying there. From an Indian fan

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Indeed its great news for Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

welcome back CRICKET IN PAKISTAN!!!..pakistan is now safe country

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Wish come true, Hopefully this will be the first drop of rain..

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

To all the player who have come to play to Pakistan, I have just one word. RESPECT!

Posted by dr_awaisi on (October 18, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

welcome To all in Pakistan have a colorful tour there in Pakistan...

Posted by woodhaven on (October 18, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Its a big mistake to play in pakistan. Hope i am wrong

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

being a fan of cricket it was really sad and felt they are facing some partiality..... hoping pcb chief brings cricket back to land of enthusiastics :)

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 18, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

It's not the responsibility of "other countries" to restore cricket to Pakistan, it's the host's prerogative. Kudos to the minister who has organized the trip, and the willing players. This is the 1st in what will be many steps before we see full resumption.

Posted by justshmad on (October 18, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

@WideBat, very right said. For Pak cricket, i think SL has the role of great frnds. Thank u SL....

Posted by ahs123 on (October 18, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Thanku all those who are supporting cricket in pakistan... love u guys

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

its gud to c some old legs playing cricket in pak....i hope thy hav same kind of energy 2 run back frm der whn in trouble.....even god can't save pakistan...nd der cricket is just lyk afridi batting scorecard in worldcup..hav fun...

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (October 18, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Best wishes to pakistan,may cricket return to pak..from India

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

very happy to see some international players back in pakistan...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Good for Cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Its great news We Want to Watch International cricket in pakistan Coz Pak Is A Safe Countary......

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Welcome to My Sweet Pakistan. hope you guys will enjoy to play here.. Thank God Finally Some International Level Cricket in My Pakistan...

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

best news 4 pakistani nation!!!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

we welocmed them all..... <3

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

A good move by world 11 to visit pakistan,may be this will be turning point 4 pak cricket...................

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (October 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Hope these cricketers return unharm which looks most unlikely.Most unsafe place for cricket

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Pakistan is cricket-loving nation. Good to see cricket is back in Pakistan and I hope it will be a safer trip. We are hopeful that international cricket will be back in Pakistan now.

Posted by getsetgopk on (October 18, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Afghanistan, SA, WI, and SL players are there but no IND, BD players. We should know by now whos friend and whos not!

Posted by Dilbar786 on (October 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

A warm welcome to all players, and most importantly. Thank You.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 18, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Hope these players return without harm. Karachi is a relatively safe place from many accounts. While this might look like a meaningless fixture, nevertheless, the Pakistani public would cherish cricket played on their soil. A strong Pakistan is vital to world cricket.

Posted by boyie83 on (October 18, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

It's about time! India should recommend that cricket returns to Pak

Posted by alipk52 on (October 18, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Really glad to have a opportunity to see few foreign heros such as Sanath, Andre Nell, Ricardo Powell etc in action, live in my city, which will allow me to get to stadium after work, to witness good games, i'll try to meet Sanath and especialy Andre Nell, i hope Nell's bowling still have a good old typical South African taste! Missed him alot, these games may help reducing thurst of cricket in our grounds for 100 million plus cricket lovers of Pakistan in future.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 18, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Thank you and God bless you guys. We shall always remember our friends

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

love it, thanks to all the friends of pakistan

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

The last man I would expect is Andre Nel to come to rescuing cricket in Pakistan. I think I was wrong about him while he was active part of SA squad. Thank you, all of you for coming here.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

take a bow Sanath Jayasuriya, we, as sri lankans should never forget the favour pakistan did in 1996 by touring SL for their world cup group matches as Windies and Aussies rejected to do so.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

i wish this could be the revival time of cricket in Pak.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (October 18, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Tahnx to all world XI players!

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

It is really one of the best day for pakistan cricket... Hats off to Zaka Ashraf and team who made it possible.... The revival of international cricket in pakistan is very important for Pak cricket.... I request all the KHI people to go to stadium and show the World that Pakistan is still one of the best place for cricket.... Best of luck to every one....

Posted by pak78 on (October 18, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

well come to pakistan...... thanks sanath u have been a true friend of pakistan and a true gentalman thank u from the boattam of my heart.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

We don't have to forget, the REAL HERO behind this project....... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by raufranjha on (October 18, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

wellcome to pakistan its good to see all these cricketer playing in pakistan and helping the international cricket back to the pakstan grounds very well done sir

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Enjoy cricket and safe trip back...

Posted by ameen786 on (October 18, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Good news for Pakistan cricket i wish like this matches happens again and again so the other countries should take some Steps to help Pakistan to get back the International cricket in their country...Well done and thanks for your support for all those players who have come to play these Matches.....

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Great...!! Inshallah It Will be A Seccesfull Breakthrough For pakistan

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

very happy to see some international players back in pakistan...

Posted by Sulpher on (October 18, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

great .... looking forward

Posted by WideBat on (October 18, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

West Indies, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and South Africa, bravo, you have always been great friend of Pakistan and Pakistani Fan will not forget your jesture. We hope it will be a great success.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Thank God,Finally some Cricket in Pakistan,Cricket will return soon to Pakistan INSHALLAH and Pakistan will rise above everything and become a great nation INSHALLAH

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Weldone i realy like this >...................

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

welcome welcome u guys r registering history no doubt and thanx for ur cooperation

Posted by .virk on (October 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Welcome to Pakistan... good to see you here :)

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Yeah I agree with this great exciting player but safety is very important that's why teams do not tour but I actually hope it goes well these matches. Playing ODI matches against Afghanistan would've been ideal and meaningful.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

"May" God Bless these international Cricketers.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

THANKS TO AAL INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WHO HAVE DARED TO COME TO OUR COUNTRY, SPECIALL JAYASURYA, THIS WILL INITIATE THE INTERNATIONAL CRICKET IN PAKISTAN INSHA ALLAH.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Welcome to Pakistan. Welcome to international XI team. You won the heart of every Pakistani. You Are Already The Winner.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

the sindh minister needs a BEEEEEEG THUMBS UP!!!!

Posted by gemind on (October 18, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

well, the only thing I can say right now to all the guest players is THANK YOU FOR COMING from the core of my heart and I believe every cricket loving Pakistani would like to Thank them ....

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