The veteran cricketer of 117 test matches and 197 one-day internationals (ODIs) noted that Pakistani cricket has suffered a lot and that it is good to see that fans of the sport will be able to witness international cricket on home soil once again.
“It is wonderful to see the game returning [to Pakistan] and fans able to experience international cricket,” Smith said, commenting on the ICC World XI series set to be held in Pakistan.
He added, “It has been hard for Pakistan to not to be able to play cricket at home but the credit goes to the players and ICC [International Cricket Council] for launching cricket there again.”
“I am very excited about the league; it is amazing for our game in South Africa. It was long-needed,” he said.
Smith — while commenting on the participation of the franchise owners from Pakistan and India — went on to thank “people from around the world, who have invested and bought the teams and put this all together. We all are looking forward to it”.