ICC World XI head coach Andy Flower has admitted that Pakistan and Indian cricketers sharing the same dressing room will be a wonderful sight for the gentleman’s game when his side World XI would take on Windies XI at Lord’s on 31 May.
Meanwhile, all the sale proceeds would go to redevelop the stadia in the Caribbean, damaged due to hurricanes last year (2017).
Flower lauded this initiative to use sport as a vehicle for good in many instances. However, the Zimbabwean legend has a great deal of experience with World XIs, both as a player and has coached a team against Pakistan in three Twenty20 Internationals last year.
India, Pakistan players same dressing room: Flower
The Cape Town-born Flower believes this isn’t just an event which will benefit the islands; the whole world of cricket will be better for the goodwill gesture.
Flower also added that this type of event gives many moments which doesn’t happen usually owing to the cricketing calendar.
“I’ve been involved in these World XI charity events before as a player, and there’s usually a wonderful feel to it,” Flower told ICC’s digital platform.
“The feeling comes out because the intent behind everyone’s involvement is for good and you get some really amazing side benefits as well. For instance, here we’ve got Pakistanis and Indians sharing a dressing room which doesn’t happen very often,” he added.
Flower also admitted that it will give us a lot of memories. Adding it will be worth following as a cricketing spectacle alone. He both the teams would be featuring the talented cricketers to deliver for their respective team.
“This is a wonderful experience and will create wonderful memories for these players and spectators. They will see really talented exciting players playing against a very talented exciting West Indies side,” he concluded.