World XI captain Faf du Plessis on Monday said that their tour of Pakistan is not just about playing a series but way bigger than that where the crazy fans get a dose of top flight international cricket. “It is not just about cricket. This short tour is for something bigger. We are just happy that after a long time Pakistani cricket fans can watch international action at home,” Du Plessis said at a press conference. The World XI squad reached Lahore in the wee hours of Monday from Dubai and were received at the Allama Iqbal International Airport by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Najam Sethi and other high ranking officials.
The importance of the tour was also highlighted by Plessis and coach, Andy Flower at their media meet.
“You always try to find things to help you leave your mark – and this seemed like the sort of opportunity to do just that,” Du Plessis said.
“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,” he added.
Flower made it clear that the World XI side included some very well known players and they wanted to give a good account of themselves before the passionate cricket fans of Pakistan.
“At the end of this tour, we went to be part of the celebrations to signal the return of international cricket to Pakistan,” Flower said.