Faf du Plessis, the captain of the ICC World XI team set to tour Pakistan next month, believes that the series between World XI and Pakistan is more than just a game of cricket.
“The tour is about bringing international cricket to Pakistan. It is much more than just us visiting Pakistan.
It is about Pakistan as a country and Pakistani cricket,” said du Plessis, who is likely to be named South Africa’s ODI captain soon.
“We will be glad if we can play a small role to make sure that cricket is played there [Pakistan] because there are so many fans who are desperate to see cricket at home,” he said. “Lots of young fans don’t have the opportunity to watch live cricket at home.”
“Teams playing the series understand that this is an iconic event for Pakistan cricket. It is about getting fans back to stadiums. We are going there to bring them [fans] back and that’s the most important thing,” added the South African.
The ICC World XI team is set to tour Pakistan in September. Led by du Plessis, the team will play three T20Is in Lahore on September 12, 13, and 15 respectively.