Since then, Pakistan has been forced to play most of its "home" matches in the United Arab Emirates. This day embarks the inception of a new journey for the nation as there are 2 more global events and series in the pipeline for Pakistani team that will improve the current conditions. Sri Lanka have confirmed that they will be playing one of the three T20Is scheduled with Pakistan in the UAE later this month at the Lahore venue instead.
Worldwide tours to Pakistan ended from that day onward. "Credit goes to all who struggled very hard for this cause and at last, they have succeeded in resuming worldwide cricket in the country". The actual cricket looks to have taken a back seat, but Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is eager to push it back into focus, looking to maintain Pakistan's T20 ranking by winning games.
ICC security experts have visited Lahore twice in recent times to clear the tour.
Pakistan will take a huge step towards reviving worldwide cricket at home after years of isolation when they host the three-match Twenty20 series.
The equation changed in Pakistan's favour with the advent of the Pakistan Super League.
"Trying to help Pakistan is important for cricket - and no one can pretend the money isn't great - but, added to that, playing them in their own back yard also really floated my boat", Collingwood wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who will lead the World XI side touring Pakistan in the upcoming three-match T20 series, has said the global players in his team will be playing for something bigger than the game itself.
The players and officials had a heavy security cover via the mall road to their hotel where all of their activities are planned for the duration of their stay in Lahore when they play three T20 internationals on September 12th, 13th and 15. For Pakistan, this represents a unique and crucial opportunity to show the world that they are ready to host worldwide teams in the future.
Sarfraz expressed his resolve to inspire the team to success in the series and ruled out dependence on any particular player or department of the team.
For the people of Pakistan, the wait is finally over. Long queues formed at vendors across the city and many fans were turned away as tickets sold out.
"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.