The Sindh Sports Minister Dr MA Shah and provincial government had played vital role during the International World XI’s two Twenty20 match series held at the National Stadium Karachi and watched by over 40000 people live.

Dr Shah, without the help of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has done remarkable job for the revival of international cricket to Pakistan as no team toured Pakistan after the 2009 terrorists attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore. But Dr Shah’s effort yielded fruit and he succeeded to bring International World XI to Pakistan for the revival of cricket in the country.

Dr Shah’s achievement is laudable and will be written in golden words in the history of Pakistan cricket whenever international cricket resumes in the country. The PCB pulled out at the eleventh hour from the series and it will harm its prestige in the country as well as at the international level. The cricket-crazy fans enjoyed the two matches and appreciated both teams’ players on their good showing in every department of the game, bowling, fielding or batting. Young pacer Tabish Khan proved his credentials and excelled in his first international match and registered a hat-trick.

Tabish, the 27-year-old uncapped Karachi medium pacer, clean bowled Ricardo Powell, Jermaine Lawson and Thandi Tshabalala to snare a hat-trick against International World XI.  Tabish is a good future and needed the PCB and selectors attention as he is performing well at the domestic level and should be selected in the team to gain experience and will prove a future prospect for Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people thronged themselves to National Stadium in Karachi to watch a game, such as this had not been played for close to four years in a nation where following for that game frequently crosses the line between passionate and fanatical.

International World XI, comprising players from the West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, say they hope the unofficial matches, which have not been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council or the PCB, will prove to be the turning point in the revival of international cricket in the country.

“By contesting these two matches in Karachi we will be proving beyond a doubt that it is absolutely safe to play cricket in Pakistan,” said former West Indies captain, Alvin Kallicharran, the manager of the International XI. “We understand that this could go a long way in resuming international cricket very soon. There is so much buzz and excitement this time around. I have been here in the past, in 1972, but this visit looks so much different and it’s for a noble cause too. I felt no security problem here and this is a safe country for the game of cricket. We are here to lend our hand in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and are confident that this will be possible sooner rather than later for the sake of the millions of kids and people who are passionate about the game.”

Former Sri Lanka captain, Sanath Jayasuriya, who is leading the International XI, said: “I have played my role in revival and return of international cricket to Pakistan and can do more in future too as it is my second home and I hope that international cricket will return in the cricket-crazy country very soon. I know my coming here is significant because it was the Sri Lankan team that was attacked three years ago, but I am excited to be here again and I have had no issues playing in Pakistan,” he maintained.

South African fast bowler Andre Nel said he and his team-mates were enjoying their stay in Karachi and feel no security problem. We are surprised over so much strict security provided to us and never seen this kind of arrangements in the world and we will visit again if provided with a chance for the matches in future,” they added.

Pakistan cannot be denied for long as they are too vital to international cricket, a private TV channel quoted Nel as saying. "I think that Pakistan should not be denied for long, they are vital to international cricket and I don’t see major security concerns here. The people have been warm and we are being looked after very well." Nel said he was extremely happy to be a part of a process, which should eventually bring international cricket back to Pakistan. Another prominent member of the International World XI is West Indian batsman Ricardo Powell who claimed that the security force in place in Karachi was the biggest he had ever seen. "I have travelled the world for cricket but never saw better and more stringent security arrangements. I am happy to be in Pakistan and feel that I am contributing to a great cause by being here," he said. Ehsan Mani, former ICC chief had earlier said: “The International XI is a small but significant step in the confidence building process to assure overseas players and teams that Pakistan is open for cricket and it is safe for overseas players to come to Pakistan.”