Attempting to help Pakistan is important for cricket: Paul Collingwood : Cricket, News


  • Paul Collingwood has played with 35 T20I 583 runs for England.

  • South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis will lead the World XI side.

  • Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have toured Pakistan to get a series.

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who is a component of the World XI squad which would be touring Pakistan believes that the excursion will prove to be a substantial step in helping international fixtures are hosted by Pakistan .

In a column to the International Cricket Council ( ICC), Collingwood says, “There are a lot of reasons why I am excited about playing at the World XI T20 tour of Lahore.”

“Hopefully this can be a substantial step in helping Pakistan host international fixtures again after eight years of playing in different nations, including their home series from the United Arab Emirates and England,” he adds.

It must be noticed that no Test side has toured Pakistan because March 2009 militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, injuring some of the players and killing six policemen.

However sides, specifically Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had staged the state.

A veteran of 68 Tests, Collingwoodstated that it must have been demoralising to Pakistan’s players throughout the last few years since no worldwide games were held in their country due to safety reasons.

“Playing away from their home could have done nothing to help them improve their sport in the long term and it should have been so frustrating,” writes Collingwood.

The former England skipper, while pointing that the locals in Pakistan will want their team to triumph, believes that the national will observe the bigger image and will be encourage the World XI.

“If teams are going to tour there again, it’s important that their supporters are also going to be safe to travel there.”

“Trying to help Pakistan is important for cricket – and nobody can feign the money is not good – however, added to that, playing them in their own back yard also actually floated my boat,” he adds.

Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan

World XI Squad: David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy, Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Faf du Plessis(c)