Happy to be in Pakistan: Imran Thair

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Lahore

South African leg spinner of Pakistani origin, Imran Tahir expressed his delight to be a part of the World XI to visit Pakistan for a good cause of resumption of international cricket in the country.
“I am very happy to visit Pakistan with World XI for playing Independence Cup three match T20 series which will be very interesting and competitive,” he told media at a news conference on Monday evening at the Gadaffi stadium.
The South African team’s leg spinner said the tour of the World XI to Pakistan aims at bringing back international cricket and noted players from different cricket playing countries have joined hands for this good cause and he feels happy to be part of them.
“By playing in Lahore I will be fulfilling my long awaited wish to play in my own home ground in front of my family and It will be a honour for me to play in Lahore,” said Imran who is accompanied by his family in the tour of World XI. Throwing light on the composition of World XI, he said the touring side is a combination of world’s best talented players and this series is of greater importance for them to see the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.
“By playing in Pakistan we will prove that we are here for bringing back international cricket,” he added.
Imran Tahir recalled his past while playing first class cricket in Lahore and said he has also played first class cricket in different parts of the world.
“During my days the competition was very tough not only in first class cricket but also for selection in the Pakistan team,” said the spinner who opted to migrate to South Africa after not being considered for the Pakistan team.—APP