International cricket back in Pakistan

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International cricket is all set to resume in Pakistan as they gear up for three Twenty20 International matches against World XI.

The World XI comprise top players from Test playing nations lead by South African Test and Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis.

Pakistan cricket board have also announced the strong Pakistan squad for those three twenty20 matches having International status.

Apart from Zimbabwe in 2015, no top team has visited Pakistan since March 2009 when the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore by terrorists.

According to the schedule, the World XI will play three T20 Internationals on September 12, 13 and 15 in Lahore after holding a two-day camp in Dubai. And newly elected PCB Chairman Najam Sethi thanked everyone who has been supporting to bring International cricket back in Pakistan.

The name of the series has given  Independence Cup series which will be played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

“This tour is different as the ICC has supported us all the way and its security delegation will be coming to Lahore in the first week of September to inspect the security arrangements and plans,” Najam Sethi said.

World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (South Africa, captain), Hashim Amla (SA), George Bailey (Australia), Paul Collingwood (England), Ben Cutting (Aus), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), David Miller (SA), Tim Paine (Aus, WK), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Darren Sammy (West Indies), Samuel Badree (WI), Morne Morkel (SA), Imran Tahir (SA)

World XI squad for 2017 Pakistan series.
World XI squad for 2017 Pakistan series.

Pakistan cricket team squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Ameen, Amad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Amir Yameen, Muhammad Amir, Roman Raees, Usman Shunwari and Sohail Khan.