Pakistan have been forced to play all their "home" worldwide cricket over the last eight years in the UAE and the return of some of the world's leading players now would be a great boost to the game in the country.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday announced the return of worldwide cricket to its soil, with three separate sides scheduled to visit after years of isolation over security concerns. It said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) and PCB are now processing financial and insurance matters for World XI players. According to Sethi, the ICC has promised to give Pakistan $1.2 million over the next three years for the revival of global cricket in the country.
"Cricket West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussions that will see the West Indies team play the T20 matches with Pakistan in Lahore in late November", said a statement released by the PCB.
The ECB have given permission for Flower, now Lions coach, to be at the helm of a world team to take part in the first "international" matches in Pakistan since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in 2009.
The PCB had been trying hard to convince foreign teams to tour Pakistan for the last three to four years.
The government has promised presidential-level security for the week-long tour by the World XI side, which will be a 15-man squad comprising players from all top Test-playing countries.
"Just pray that we keep our security solid", Sethi said. But Sethi said that FICA recognizes the report of ICC's security team which will visit Lahore next month.
Sethi said two Australian players had also confirmed their participation in the World XI side.
"Players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have agreed to play the World XI tournament in Pakistan".