It took the Pakistan Cricket Board almost 8 years to bring back international cricket back on their soil. The unfortunate 2009 terror attacks had not only just left the visiting Sri Lanka cricket team members injured but also badly affected the national cricket. In 2015, the PCB tried to rejuvenate cricket in Pakistan by hosting Zimbabwe and finally in 2017, the World XI vs Pakistan 3-match T20 series is another initiative on a bigger level. In the first match of the series, Pakistan beat the World XI led by Faf du Plessis by 20 runs on September 12 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Well, the most interesting part is the amount spent by the PCB on this series. According to an ESPN Cricinfo report, the Pakistan board is spending around $2.5-3 million to host the World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium. The reports have also stated that the PCB is spending approximately $100,000 on each player in the World XI team and the rest of the amount is spent on logistics.
This amount would have been a lot more if the International Cricket Council hadn’t agreed to pay for the security, which is $1.1 million. According to the reports, around 6,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure the safety of the players and the visitors coming to watch the game at the Gaddafi Stadium. Two international security services Reg Dickason and Nicholls Steyn & Associates are in charge of the security.
The board strongly believes that if this ongoing series ends successfully, it will open the gates for International cricket to return to their land. Though the past cannot be omitted, all that everyone can do is try for the best.
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