The war in Afghanistan is drawing closer to a political settlement as the Americans, Afghans and other powers find their way to the negotiating table. Viewed by some as a destabilising force in Afghanistan, is Pakistan now getting what it wants?
Pakistan will on home soil host the West Indies in a three-match Twenty20 series every year for the next five years.
Gunmen had attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team from their hotel to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium for a test match in 2009, injuring six players and killing six security personnel and two civilians.
The hosting of the short series is a major step towards convincing international teams to begin touring Pakistan again, with Sri Lanka already due to play a Twenty20 match in Lahore on October 29.
Eight years after Lahore militant attack on a Sri Lankan team, World XI's presence sparks hopes for international cricket's return to Pakistan.
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