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Arthur hopeful of World XI visit to Pakistan after Champions Trophy triumph

ANI  |  Karachi [Pakistan] 

head coach Mickey Arthur has expressed hope that the proposed World XI tour to the country will go ahead after his side crushed their arch-rivals to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy.

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated by huge 180 runs at The Oval to emerge victorious.

And Arthur believes the triumph would serve as a catalyst in reviving international cricket in

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in in September for three Twenty20 games. So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours.

We can only hope," the Dawn quoted Arthur as saying.

In March, Giles Clarke, the president of the and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and head of the ICC's task force had said that they want to give fans the chance to see the world's best players in live action.

"The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world's finest players in live action. Furthermore, the terrorists cannot win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan," Clarke had said.

Except Zimbabwe's tour two years ago, had played all of their 'home' matches outside of the country since the 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) are slated to send a World XI to in September.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:42 IST