ICC backs World XI games in Lahore

People queue up outside the gates at the Gaddafi stadium for the PSL final ESPNcricinfo Ltd./Umar Farooq

Pakistan could host a World XI in Lahore for three T20s later this year, if all goes to plan. The ICC Board extended support to such a proposal during its annual conference in London on Saturday, as part of the efforts to take international cricket back to Pakistan.

Following the final day of meetings, the ICC said in a release that while the plan to hold the matches - against a Pakistan XI - is a work in progress, the ICC Board "agreed to support" the proposal. "Further details will be announced in due course," the release said.

Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are the only international teams to play in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus by gunmen in March 2009. The Zimbabwe series in 2015 was marred by a blast during the second ODI, 800m from the Gaddafi Stadium, which killed two people. Since then, however, the PCB has hosted the 2017 PSL final - which featured overseas players as well - in Lahore on March 5 without incident.