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World XI Squad and Schedule of Matches anounces by PCB Chairman Najam Sethi - Movingtend

Dawn - Friday August 25, 2017

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi reported the schedule of the three T-twenty matches and squad for World XI team which will play against Pakistan for the Independence Cup series. The series of three T-twenty matches will played on 12, 13 and 15 September in Lahore.

The players of the World XI squad is consisting of the seven different countries. World XI team will play under the captaincy of Faf du Plessis and squad coached by the Andy Flower former captain of the Zimbabwe.

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Squad of World XI Team

1. Faf du Plessis (captain) (South Africa)
2. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
3. Samuel Badree (West Indies)
4. George Bailey (Australia)
5. Paul Collingwood (England)
6. Ben Cutting (Australia)
7. Grant Elliott (New Zealand)
8. Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
9. David Miller (South Africa)
10. Morne Morkel (South Africa)
11. Tim Paine (wicketkeeper) (Australia)
12. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)
13. Imran Tahir (South Africa)
14. Darren Sammy (West Indies)


PCB Chairman described this event as the" an auspicious moment for Pakistan." Sethi is very excited and hopeful about the international cricket will come home after the success of this venture of the Independence Cup series. This series will pave way for international teams to play in Pakistan. He said, "harbinger for other full-member nations visiting us in the months to come."

Except the tour of Zimbabwe Team in Pakistan in 2015, no international team would like to visit Pakistan after the deadly attack on the bus carrying Sri Lanka team in 2009. That attack shattered the all possibilities of International matches to be held in Pakistan.

World XI team coach Andy Flower is cited in the Press the players satisfaction about security in Pakistan, " All players are satisfied and comfortable with the security arrangements that will be put in place for the series and happy to be part of the first step towards the safe return of international cricket to Pakistan."

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Sethi is also very determined to held the next international level game in Karachi. He said to media, " Next Challenge" is to hold International game in Karachi. He told press, "Right now, foreign players and security experts are not ready [for a match in Karachi]." " But I have asked my security expert to tour Karachi and draw a security plan so that we can brief ICC's security team to convince them."

Pakistan Team Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is also very hopeful about the revival of the International Cricket in Pakistan. He said," is confident that following the success of these matches, Pakistan will not only host regular international series but at other international cricket centres as well."

Faf du Plessis who lead the World XI team in Independence Cup Series said,"playing [his] part in the safe and gradual resumption of international cricket in Pakistan." He also quoted, "As professionals, we are getting paid to play in the series, but the bottom line is that if we didn’t feel safe, no amount of money would get us there. In this background, we will land in Lahore with nothing except cricket in our minds," he said, adding that it would be exciting to play for Pakistan's "passionate supporters."

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