No complacency on World Cup security, says ICC boss Richardson

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He, however, said resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan depended on the boards of the two countries. "We don't want to mix politics with sports", he said.

The first 26 round-robin matches were held in the United Arab Emirates, which has been Pakistan's neutral venue since a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore 10 years ago. One should remember that its cricket which brings happiness.

But the unprecedented popularity of Pakistan Super League, which has brought 40 foreign players to the country this year, is seen not just as pivotal in changing the global cricket community's opinion of Pakistan's ability to host worldwide matches but also become a symbol of a brash, emerging nation trying to end years of isolation due to security threats and terrorist attacks. "We thank the government of Pakistan, our armed forces and government of Sindh for helping us stage these matches".

The biggest reward should be given to the people of Karachi, the way you people have supported and embraced PSL 4 here in your city.

Pakistan has gradually tried to revive worldwide cricket at home, having hosted the finals of Pakistan Super League for the last two years and played matches against a World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

No complacency on World Cup security - ICC chief Richardson
Overseas players’ comfort level in Pakistan is growing all the time, says ICC CEO David Richardson

"I think they've done a tremendous job and the level of comfort is growing all the time among the foreign players", ESPNcricinfo quoted Richardson, as saying during PSL final between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi.

A Pakistani cricket fans poses for photographs before the start of the final Twenty20 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Saunday.

Pakistan has not received much of an opportunity to play host to cricket teams on the global stage in the last one decade, especially after the horrific terror attack that had targeted the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. "Thank you Pakistan for this fantastic welcome", said Puyol to the packed stadium.

Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said the people have sent a clear message to the world.

"This sharp rise in the price of the team shows that the buyers knew that the tournament would financially benefit them", cricket commentator Rasheed said. Thanks to @nadeem_omar57 @iNabeelHashmi @SarfarazA_54 @ivivianrichards Moin Khan & all the players & staff for making me feel so welcome! "Pakistan is a special place who's people are extremely passionate about the game of cricket and deserve to play this great sport in their own country!", wrote Waller.

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