LAHORE: Captain of the World XI and South Africa cricket team Faf du Plessis, while praising the arrangements made by the local administration and the Pakistan Cricket Board, said that he enjoyed every moment of the tour to Pakistan.
The South African captain said that it was heartening to see the love of the game and the support he and his team received in Pakistan. Talking to media at the conclusion of the Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI, du Plessis said, “I just loved seeing emotions on people’s faces, that’s the thing that stands out for me.” He added that he also loved the food in Pakistan.
“It shows how important this (series) was to the people of Pakistan and that goes way beyond than what we do on the cricket field. I looked around the field and everyone was saying thank you very much for coming. That’s most important thing,” said the newly-appointed South African captain.
He added that the short stay in Lahore, which was limited to hotel and stadium wasn’t strange for him as players usually don’t get much time to roam around even when they’re on tour anywhere else. “It didn’t feel strange at all. We got some food delivered at the hotel, and we had some good time to spend together as a team, so that’s wasn’t an issue at all,” said Faf.
The 33-year-old said that he and his team had a great time in Lahore and the arrangements made for the tour were appreciable. “We really had a great time. I appreciate that there was a lot of planning, a lot of time and a lot of energy spent in the planning of this week. Everything was smooth and very easy and we really enjoyed our time,” he said.
“People of Pakistan were really really friendly to us,” Faf added. The South African skipper suggested that the Pakistan cricket authorities should take a step at a time and plan specifically for every tour.
“This tour was a success and whatever is the next step, I think the same amount of energy and the same amount of resources are required to make sure that it is as smooth as this tour was, and if you do all the things right then there can be another step and another step and another step to get cricket back in Pakistan,” he said.
When asked, du Plessis confirmed that before coming to Pakistan he was a bit nervous, but the week in Pakistan changed his feelings and emotions. “When I first thought of coming, I was obviously nervous within myself, but now going through this week, I have completely different emotions and feelings and very happy with our time here,” he said.
ICC congratulates Pakistan for successful hosting of Independence Cup
The International Cricket Council has congratulated Pakistan for the successful staging of the Independence Cup series against the World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
In their messages, ICC Director Giles Clarke and ICC Chief Executive David Richardson thanked the people of Pakistan for embracing the World XI players, and said the series has demonstrated Pakistan’s passion and love for cricket, as well as its ability to provide an environment in which international cricket stars can show their talent, said a media release by the ICC on Saturday.