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If no one felt safe, no one would be going


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Former New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott has provided resounding approval to the security measures for the World XI series in Lahore, saying "if no one felt safe, no one would be going". Elliott is the only player from New Zealand in the visiting squad.

A team of overseas players, comprising several first-choice picks in Hashim Amla, Tamim Iqbal, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree, Imran Tahir, and led by Faf du Plessis, will play three T20 internationals on September 12, 13 and 15 as part of an effort to bring international cricket back to Pakistan. To ensure that the series goes on without a hitch, the PCB has promised presidential-level security to the visitors.


Quote:We get the reports from all the relevant agencies such as FICA (Federation of International Cricket Associations) and independent security firms. You assess the risks involved and make a decision as a family. Of course the players are getting paid but, if no one felt safe, no one would be going.

These are small steps in returning cricket to Pakistan on a more permanent basis. It's sad for them that they never play at home. They always talk about it with such passion. I think we can expect enthusiastic crowds. Wherever you go there are risks, and being away from home for long periods is always tough on the family.


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The World XI series is being conducted on the back of a successful staging of the Pakistan Super League final at the Gaddafi Stadium in March. Elliott had been part of that tournament - his team Lahore Qalandars did not make it to the final - and he was looking forward to meeting up with some of his colleagues.


Quote:I got to know a few people in Pakistani cricket when I performed pretty well in those tournaments. I'm also excited about some opportunities which might open up with the Lahore owners. They've just bought the Durban Qalandars franchise in South Africa, and I will be their assistant coach in November-December [for the inaugural Global League].


"That doesn't mean my playing days are over. I'm still keen to play, and have another year with the Birmingham Bears. I've just finished a successful tournament there."

Elliott retired from international cricket in March 2017, signing a Kolpak deal to play in England's T20 Blast; he played the tournament final last week. "The shorter format is something I'm still passionate about, so I may as well keep doing it," he said. "I thrived with the captaincy of the Bears towards the end. I enjoy helping younger guys achieve the pathways they want."

Should Elliot make the playing XI on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, he will be the first New Zealander to play cricket in Pakistan since December 2003.
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my man elliott!!

Happy to see positive comments by him. By the way isn't he the one who had verbal altercation with Aussies last year!? I don't remember the exact detail but Mathew Wade of Australia was not happy with what he said. anybody remember that incident!?
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(09-10-2017, 09:21 PM) hussain Wrote: my man elliott!!

Happy to see positive comments by him. By the way isn't he the one who had verbal altercation with Aussies last year!? I don't remember the exact detail but Mathew Wade of Australia was not happy with what he said. anybody remember that incident!?


the incident happened last year during match with Australia when Mitchell marsh was given out in controversial circumstances so he yelled "That's fucking bullshit" upon which Elliot replied "So we're not playing caught and bowled in this game then?"

Elliot was already not happy at this point because Australians did a lot of sledging while he was batting and made fighting 50 runs so when he had a chance to reply back....he did...and did superbly. But this didn't go down well with the Australians as expected because they like sledging only when doing it...when someone else does it, is not ok.

So Matthew Wade who was Mitchell's batting partner called Elliot a fucking coward. his exact words were "only a fucking coward sledges people when they walk off"
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(09-10-2017, 11:36 PM) moby Wrote:
(09-10-2017, 09:21 PM) hussain Wrote: my man elliott!!

Happy to see positive comments by him. By the way isn't he the one who had verbal altercation with Aussies last year!? I don't remember the exact detail but Mathew Wade of Australia was not happy with what he said. anybody remember that incident!?


the incident happened last year during match with Australia when Mitchell marsh was given out in controversial circumstances so he yelled "That's fucking bullshit" upon which Elliot replied "So we're not playing caught and bowled in this game then?"

Elliot was already not happy at this point because Australians did a lot of sledging while he was batting and made fighting 50 runs so when he had a chance to reply back....he did...and did superbly. But this didn't go down well with the Australians as expected because they like sledging only when doing it...when someone else does it, is not ok.

So Matthew Wade who was Mitchell's batting partner called Elliot a fucking coward. his exact words were "only a fucking coward sledges people when they walk off"


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