By Yasir Bajwa
Lahore (September 12, 2017): Pakistani grounds are not new for at least five cricketers of the 14-member World XI squad, which arrived at Lahore airport amid strict security on Monday.
The 14 member ICC World XI squad led by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis is scheduled to play three T20 matches in Lahore on September 12, 13, and 15.
13 members of the squad arrived on Monday, while Samuel badree reached at Lahore Airport in the wee hours of Tuesday.
England’s Paul Collingwood visited Pakistan in 2005, South African crickets Hashim Amla in 2007 and Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal in 2008. While Darren Sammy will review the memories of PSL final in the visit.
According to the details England’s Paul Collingwood had visited Pakistan in 2005 under the captaincy of Michael Vaughan. South Africa opener Hashim Amla along with his team visited Pakistan in 2007. While England’s star batsman visited Pakistan twice in 2008.
West Indian former captain Darren Sammy is the only player in the squad, who played PSL in Pakistan but he could not get an opportunity to play any international cricket match on Pakistani grounds.
Pakistan-origin South African cricket and leg spinner Imran Tahir had represented Pakistan under-19 and Pakistan-A team but failed to get any position in the national squad. Later, he left for South Africa and joined Proteas in 2011.
Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium is all set to witness history as the Green Shirts take on the World XI for a three-match T20 series starting from today.
Sarfraz Ahmad, Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Baber Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Amir Yamin, Muhammad Amir’ Ruman Raees, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Khan
World XI Squad
Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Samuel Badree (Windies), George Bailey, (Australia), Paul Collingwood (England), Ben Cutting (Australia), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), David Miller (South Africa), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), (Australia), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Darren Sammy (Windies)