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Pakistani policemen escort International World XI cricketers after a practise session in Karachi. -Photo by AFP

With the word ‘passion’ tattooed in Mandarin on his right arm, Andre Nel, undoubtedly, is all about passion and aggression as he runs in towards the batsman. He wants to impose himself on the opposition all the time, always has throughout his career for South Africa, and as he went through the paces warming up for the exhibition matches in Karachi he made it clear he was here to win. “I am not a loser,” he stated loud and clear.

An International World XI captained by Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya and featuring several former South African and West Indian Test players will take on a Pakistan All Stars side led by Shahid Afridi in two Twenty 20s in Karachi on Saturday and Sunday. And if Nel’s words match his intensity on the field, local fans should be in for a treat after what seem ages now.

Speaking to Dawn News, Nel said that he was extremely happy to be a part of a process which should eventually bring international cricket back to Pakistan. He feels that the fans here are passionate and their craze for the game is second to none.

“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 has fond memories of South Africa’s tour to Pakistan in 2007 where the Proteas won both the Test and ODI series. The visitors became only the second team ever to beat the hosts in a Test match at Karachi’s National Stadium, venue for the two exhibition games.

“I think I recorded my best bowling figures at the Karachi stadium, as a team we did very well in that series”.

The burly fast bowler from Transvaal, will also get to link up with his friend Younis Khan in Karachi who he rates as the best Pakistan cricketer he has played against.

“Younis and I get along very well, he had a great series against us in 2007 and I think I dismissed him after he had reached a hundred in Lahore in the second Test. I also played with him for Surrey and had a good time with him.”

Another prominent member of the International World XI is West Indian batsman Ricardo Powell, the right hander rated highly for his belligerent hitting is on his first tour to Pakistan even though he made his debut for West Indies in 1999.

The amiable Powell 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.”

Powell feels that international cricket in Pakistan would receive a tremendous boost once the two exhibition matches set to take place on the weekend end trouble free.

Once regarded as the next big thing in West Indian cricket, Powell never fully realized his talent. However, his stunning ODI century against India in a tri-series final at Singapore is still rated highly.

Powell blasted 8 sixes on his way to his maiden hundred in the format. This was his only major performance in 109 ODIs.

He last played international cricket in 2005 and besides that century he only reached fifty eight times.

At 33 he still believes he has cricket left in him and claims that he gave it his all every time he represented West Indies “I tried my best and gave my 100 per cent every time I took the field. I don’t have any major regret”.

Powell recalled his battles with Pakistan during his international career. “During my time Pakistan had an outstanding bowling attack, we always were wary off them and there was no way that you could take them lightly” he stated.

Now settled in the United States, Powell is enjoying life as a broadcaster. He was seen on a TV channel giving expert views on the recently concluded World T20.

“It is always fun to speak on cricket and criticize your fellow players” he joked.

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Comments (27)

October 20, 2012 1:01 pm
jealous of Pakistan'? you must be joking
Kashmiri Muslim
October 22, 2012 8:31 am
We know better who the real terrorists are Mr.Arun
Prof. Ansari
October 20, 2012 10:10 am
Well Said Gouhar, and for anyone who does not like the above comment, clearly states the hate in your hearts and minds. "I can’t do much about it so keep on burning ;)"
October 20, 2012 10:55 am
Fully agree with and second your comments. Can't imagine the mental state of the morons who gave you the thumbs down. Obviously people jealous of Pakistan....and we all know who they are.
nureen zainab
October 21, 2012 1:54 pm
it is a good step toward the revival of international games in the boundary of Pakistan
October 20, 2012 9:41 am
If a guy is bent on committing suicide can you stop him?
Gouhar Ali
October 20, 2012 9:12 am
Thanks to all the people who visited Pakistan, and sure we Pakistani nation will remember all of you for this big contribution and resorting not only the cricket but also giving hands for peace.
October 21, 2012 1:13 pm
October 21, 2012 11:02 am
Have to thank all of the people who showed up for this match. Thank the teams. Thank the players. Thank all those in the international community who took this in a positive light.
October 21, 2012 9:38 am
Then enjoy the joke.
afzal khan
October 21, 2012 10:45 pm
@ Raj Andre Nel words mean a lot to us and we appreciate every thing he said.
October 21, 2012 4:01 am
I agree with the statement but wondering had he been the part of his national team would he uttered the same words. Whatever, cricket world should engage with Pakistan for the betterment of the game.
October 21, 2012 3:17 am
Sports is the best way of bringing people together. We thank Srilanka for taking this stand.
October 22, 2012 6:47 am
Well said Nauman.. """Pakistan is unsafe. Most Pakistanis want to leave Pakistan for this reason. How can you expect others to visit? ICC should make it clear to Pakistan that unless Pakistan does not improve security, no country will visit. Why should others endanger themselves? All those Pakistanis celebrating should know, this is not an international game.""" Pakistan should realize that No International game can be expected for atleast 10 years.. Put yourself in the real international players shoes and think... "Would you visit this Country? Be realistic ppl..
October 22, 2012 6:56 am
Thank you world-11 players for helping cricket back to Pakistan. We all love you.
October 21, 2012 1:09 am
We are thankful to these international players who have stepped up to help out Pakistan bringing international cricket here.
afzal khan
October 21, 2012 1:07 am
Mr: Andre Nel we love you.
afzal khan
October 21, 2012 1:06 am
no words can describe how much we Pakistanies appreciate all these players coming to Pakistan and helping to bring the International cricket back to Pakistan despite some of the countries appose to send there players so no one plays international cricket in Pakistan any more.From bottom of our heart we thank all of you coming to Pakistan to make this game possible once again thank you and god bless you all .
October 20, 2012 10:22 pm
Pakistan, as a nation has so much to offer in every field, no wonder, people all over the globe are jealous of Pakistan.
October 20, 2012 8:16 pm
Imran, you last sentence is SPOT ON
October 20, 2012 8:11 pm
Agree Indian media is up in arms to make sure some negative news will come out from this event. Let do a good job and don't worry about them.
October 20, 2012 6:04 pm
Pakistan is unsafe. Most Pakistanis want to leave Pakistan for this reason. How can you expect others to visit? ICC should make it clear to Pakistan that unless Pakistan does not improve security, no country will visit. Why should others endanger themselves? All those Pakistanis celebrating should know, this is not an international game.
October 20, 2012 5:20 pm
Actually you don't understand those who gave Gouhar Ali a thumbs down. It is because he said this gives "hands for peace". When Pakistan has done nothing to prosecute terrorists - such as those who masterminded the attack on Mumbai - such a reward does not give a hand for peace. Gouhar Ali wants the benefits of peace while doing nothing to stop the war. Such an attitude leads to attacks like the one on Malala. People like Gouhar Ali and Imran are great patriots, no doubt, but are Pakistan's real enemies.
ali Akbar
October 20, 2012 2:55 pm
we welcome all world class teams to participate in the coming soon event
October 20, 2012 2:47 pm
Andrew Nel's words does not carry much weight. It would have been better if he had not commented. He sledges a lot and gets on the nerves of not only the batsmen he is bowling to but also on everybody on the field including the spectators. His behaviour against the Indian team was awful. Now that he is not required by his country and also in IPL his only chance to play cricket is to play in tournaments like this.
October 21, 2012 6:58 pm
At least he is contributing to a good cause for bringing Int'l cricket to Pakistan..IPL does not even allows Pakistani players to participate..even though they have never depicted a bad behavior towards the Indian team..It would be superb...if you do not comment here about the Indian team..and appreciate his good gesture.
Captain Pakistan
October 21, 2012 3:12 pm
your hate is just falling over itself to be let out... any positive news for Pakistan and you get the Indian brigade on the offensive :p tut tut!
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