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Cricket likely to return to Pakistan

August 19, 2011 12:04 IST

After more than two years, Pakistan is likely to witness international cricket action in its backyard with the ICC mulling to send a World XI, comprising star players from round the world.

The idea is seen as a chance to pave the way for the return of Test and ODI cricket in the region.

The ICC is aware that Pakistan cannot continue indefinitely without staging any international cricket and is keen to offer support, The Independent reported.

The ICC is in the process of discussing the recruitment of potential players but is aware it will need cricketers at the top of their game -- as well as Indian players – to attract supporters in Pakistan and succeed in their plans, the report stated.

Afghanistan played three limited-overs matches against Pakistan A in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Faisalabad in May, all without incident. Pakistan A won all three.

The Nepal women's team have also played in the country but only when a high-profile squad visits can there be any prospect of a return of regular fixtures.

Pakistan, meanwhile, continue to play, their home fixtures at neutral venues. Their preferred venue appears to be the United Arab Emirates, where England will play them in three Test matches, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches early next year.