The captain of World XI team Faf du Plessis talked about his experience in Pakistan. He said the generosity of the Pakistani people showed that this series is how much important to them. The guest team were defeated by 33 runs in the final and 3rd T20 and lost the series by 2-1, but Andy Flower and du Plessis way of speaking at the press conference that the goodwill that has sprung from this tour will not be tarnished by the outcome. This is not judged by the win or lose this is judged by the way they are loved and respected. Plessis admired the Lahore’s food and said that this is his loving memory of the tour.
He said: “The food was very good, top-drawer food. But seriously, I just loved seeing the emotions on the peoples’ faces, that’s something that stood out for me, how much it meant to the people of Pakistan. That goes beyond what you do on the cricket field. You look around the field and every person says thank you very much for coming, and you see the generosity comes from a deep place in their hearts. That’s the most special thing to be a part of.”
Andy Flower thanked Pakistan’s people for their welcome and said it had made the World XI feel same as they are at their home. He said: “We’ve extremely well looked after, we go home on Saturday with memories that I hope the boys will cherish for the rest of their lives. This is another reminder of the fact that cricket transcends boundaries. The way Pakistani people and the crowd, particularly at this ground, cheered for us at the end of the second game which we won, and beat their national side, they made us feel right at home.”
Plessis said he is happy that cricket is back in Pakistan and he said he loves his tour and love the respect of the Pakistani people. And he also said that he hopes that this tour will inspire the youth of Pakistan as they see some of the best players in the world playing in front of them. This tour also meant a lot to Pakistan and its cricket revival.