Du Plessis con­grat­u­lates Pak­istan

Sport360 - - Rugby Rugby Championship - By Shahid Hashmi @hash­mi_shahid ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

South African skip­per Faf du Plessis ad­mit­ted he was ner­vous ahead of the World XI tour of Pak­istan but praised the hosts for en­sur­ing a safe se­ries.

Apart from five lim­ited-overs games against Zim­babwe in 2015, Pak­istan had not hosted top-level cricket since mil­i­tants at­tacked the bus of the vis­it­ing Sri Lankan team in March 2009. “When I first thought of com­ing, ob­vi­ously there was lit­tle bit of nervousness within my­self,” said du Plessis, who led the World XI for the three match T20 se­ries. “Now go­ing through this week with com­plete dif­fer­ent emo­tions and feel­ings, I’m very happy with our time, we’ve re­ally en­joyed it as a team,” he said.

Pak­istan cel­e­brated the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket with a thump­ing 33-run win at La­hore’s Gaddafi Sta­dium on Fri­day to clinch the se­ries 2-1. Host­ing the short se­ries is a ma­jor step to­wards con­vinc­ing in­ter­na­tional teams to re­turn, with Sri Lanka al­ready due to play a T20 match in La­hore on Oc­to­ber 29.

Du Plessis said he was deeply im­pressed by what he saw in La­hore but was not sure he could con­vince South Africa to tour just yet. “I can just re­late my ex­pe­ri­ences, but there will have to be a com­plete dif­fer­ent set of things put in place for South Africa to come and tour here,” he said.

Pos­i­tive vibes: Faf du Plessis.

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