Sarfraz: 'Tours of World XI, Lanka, Windies good for Pakistan'

The World XI squad will tour Pakistan for a three-match T20 series in September. Sri Lanka and West Indies are also expected to visit the country for a bilateral series.

"Our youngsters will get a golden chance to play international matches before their home crowd which will definitely boost their morale and confidence level,” said Sarfraz Ahmed.   -  AFP

Sarfraz Ahmed said that three foreign teams touring Pakistan later this year will be good for the nation’s cricket and its fans.

The World XI squad will tour Pakistan for a three-match T20 series in September. Sri Lanka and West Indies are also expected to visit the country for a bilateral series.

"It is good news that the World XI will be visiting Pakistan next month [for three T20 matches]. Similarly, arrival of Sri Lankan team [in October] and then that of West Indies [in November] are also important for Pakistan cricket and its fans,” the Dawn quoted Sarfraz as saying.

On Monday, the revival of international cricket in Pakistan received a major boost when Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi had revealed that Sri Lanka and West Indies boards had given their approval to visit the country for T20 games on successful holding of the World XI matches.

Sarfraz said that it'd be a good opportunity for the young Pakistan players to play international matches in front of their home crowd.

"Our youngsters will get a golden chance to play international matches before their home crowd which will definitely boost their morale and confidence level,” Sarfraz said.

"Prominent cricketers will be part of the World XI side coming to Pakistan. Therefore, I am expecting close competitions against them,” the skipper said.