Du Plessis congratulates Pakistan
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.