STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Playing for something bigger than cricket itself: Faf du Plessis on Pakistan tour

Du Plessis insisted that he wants to be a part of the history by contributing in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

Published: 11th September 2017 03:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2017 03:53 PM   |  A+A-

South African skipper Faf du Plessis (File | AP)

By ANI

KARACHI: South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who will lead the World XI side touring Pakistan in the upcoming three-match T20 series, has said the international players in his team will be playing for something bigger than the game itself.

Addressing the media following the arrival of World XI side in Lahore, du Plessis insisted that he wants to be a part of the history by contributing to the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

“You always try to find things to help you leave your mark — and this seemed like the sort of opportunity to do just that. As a cricketer, in a few years' time, I will be able to look back and say that I played my part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan,” the Dawn quoted du Plessis as saying.

Echoing similar views, World XI coach Andy Flower said the international players are travelling to Pakistan so that the diehard fans could get the chance to see cricket on their home turf.

“The World XI comprises well known international players who have come to Lahore to play their part in bringing international cricket to Pakistan so that the diehard fans and enthusiasts can once again watch cricket in their own backyard,” Flower said.

“The World XI looks forward to celebrating the return of international cricket in Pakistan. I'm sure our international stars will return home with happy memories,” he said.

The World XI includes five players from South Africa, three from Australia, two from the Windies, and one each from Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

The first two T20Is between World XI side and Pakistan will be played on September 12 and 13, and the final game will be played on September 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium.

No Test side has toured Pakistan since March 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.

However, the low-ranked sides, namely Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, had toured the country for a limited-over series. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp