'World XI players will cherish 'memorable' Pakistan tour for life'

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He said two players of the West Indies, Samuel Badree and Darren Sammy were the part of the World XI which played a three-math T20 series here in Lahore and he was also in Lahore and would try to persuade the team members to visit Pakistan.

When asked if Pakistan has managed to show that they're capable of hosting worldwide events safely and securely, the ICC spokesman replied, "Absolutely".

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi added. "Everything was very smooth and very easy and we say thank you for that".

"It has been an enormous challenge to ask the authorities in a town as large as Lahore, as commercially important as Lahore, with such a wide variety of other activities, to allow cricket activity to take over key communication channels and travel arteries for the period we have".

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"I have always spoken to my county and other league teammates to encourage them for playing in Pakistan".

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed to back Pakistan's efforts to resume international cricket in their own country and said it would provide financial assistance for security needs.

The former Kiwi all-rounder expected more worldwide teams to travel to Pakistan if proper security arrangements are kept in place.

In 2009, eight people were killed when a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team was sacked upon by gunmen before the third day of the second test in Lahore.

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While the visits of two global sides in the latter half of the current year bode well for Pakistan cricket, there is still a long way to go for the country to draw back major sides for a bilateral tour.

Fourteen people died in 2002 after a suicide bombing outside the Karachi hotel used by the New Zealand cricket team, with the tourists leaving the country early.

"They will have to be a complete different set of things put in place for South Africa to come and tour here", he said.

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