After years of wait, cricket is finally back in Pakistan. The World XI is playing against the Pakistan cricket team in a three-match T20I series right now. But, more than that there is talk about Indian players not participating in the tournament. Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif who was recently in the news for his controversial statements about the former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, in a chat with The Indian Express said that it would have been great if two or three Indian players were part of the World XI.
“These three T20s between World XI and Pakistan are very important in the context of Pakistan cricket. Zimbabwe had toured two years ago, but the ICC is involved in this, with some top cricketers from almost all Test-playing nations participating. It would have been great to see two-three Indian players in the World XI, but this is the first step towards normality with regard to international cricket in Pakistan,” Latif said.
Even though cricket is back in the country, Latif believes that it would take Pakistan a year or two before it can host a full international series. “Sri Lanka are coming here in October followed by the West Indies in next month. See, this is a step by step progress. First, we had the Pakistan Super League final (earlier this year). Now three T20s are being played. Maybe, the next step is to include an ODI with three T20 internationals. Then you incorporate a Test on the roster. But it will take time. I think at the moment a full series of three T20s, three ODIs and three Tests could be a little difficult. With the gradual increase in the confidence level of international players, we will move towards a full series,” he added.
Latif was also hopefully of bilateral series’ between India and Pakistan resuming soon. He said that all the money that would have been earned through India-Pakistan matches is now going to the ICC and if cricket resumes between the countries, the cricket boards would be the biggest gainers.