Pakistani fans were excited on the possibility of global cricket superstars visiting their country after such a long gap. However, many wished Indians
Pakistani fans were excited on the possibility of global cricket superstars visiting their country after such a long gap. However, many wished Indians cricket superstars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were part of the World XI side.
Ever since the terrorist attacks in 2009, all top cricketing nations have refused to tour Pakistan. Due to several safety and security concerns even the ICC refused to send match referee and umpires for the limited-overs series played by Zimbabwe in May, 2015 in Lahore.
The World XI tour may just be Pakistan’s redemption. The World XI side landed in Lahore on Monday for a T20 series against the host nation. Unprecedented security greeted the visitors at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. South African skipper Faf du Plessis will lead the World XI.
ICC has promised full support to the event as well as the cause. The provisions made for the security experts for peaceful proceedings is quite noticeable.
The short tour of the World XI side includes three T20 internationals scheduled for September 12, 13 and 15. The Gaddafi Stadium will host all the three games.
The ICC has also sent its match referee, Richie Richardson to supervise the series and an influential member of the world body, Giles Clarke also landed with the World Eleven side on Sunday night.
The World Series seems like the best game changer for Pakistan’s hope to restore faith and cricket on their soil. Many fans over the social media welcomed the idea in restoring cricket in Pakistan along side the international players.
Finally Pakistani fans have a lot to cheer about after the recent success in ICC Champions Trophy. Many even expressed eagerness to watch Indian superstars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli live on the field competing against their fellow players.
The squad for the WORLD XI:
Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Colin Miller, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel (SA), George Bailey, Tim Paine, Bn Cutting (Aust), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Grant Elliot (NZ), Paul Collingwood (Eng) Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree (West Indies)