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The effort to bring a world-class XI to its shores is commendable, but the journey to normalcy remains an arduous one.

Pakistan's cricketers to their credit, took all of this in their stride.

"On a personal note, I have a strong bond with Pakistan, having toured here with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 1993, '96 and '98". "Time is a great healer but you need to strive for better things". This short tour is for something bigger. "Pakistan has been a major role player in cricket fraternity".

Both the federal and Punjab provincial governments have deployed thousands of security officials to guard the teams on the routes from their hotel to the Gaddafi Stadium, which will host the matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

A whole generation of Pakistani cricketers have missed out on the opportunity, something that the rest of the world's cricketers take for granted. "I am feeling proud and really exciting that I am playing in front of my family here".

"We know this is a small step in many ways but a huge leap for Pakistan", Sethi said. For a country of millions of cricket fans which prided itself on hospitality shown to its visitors, the suspension of worldwide cricket was a nightmare scenario.

"It is going to be a different event as it has its own significance and is going to be a memorable moment of my career", he said while talking to APP here on Monday.

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"Future prospects, one can't be certain of. There is Army, Rangers and Police everywhere to protect all of us so there is no security fear at all and we are looking forward very healthy and entertaining matches against Pakistan team".

"Hopefully Pakistan Super League matches will be organised there and then step by step we will be able to bring worldwide cricket to Karachi and other parts of the country", he asserted. "Now, they will feel that they have to be out there and perform so that they can make it to the national team", he offers.

After eight long years, it is time for the Men in Green to play against a quality opposition with the backing of the home crowd.

"We should be grateful to the ICC that supported the cricket board".

"The focus now for the PCB will be revival".

To a question he said during the past years Pakistan cricket team achieved many mile stones despite suspension of worldwide cricket and visit of the world XI comes as a way celebrate Pakistan cricket teams progress and success in the game.

The Pakistan cricket team will be very happy with the scheduling of the World XI series as well.

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