Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi has thanked International Cricket Council and international cricket players for their cooperation in holding Independence Cup 2017 in Lahore.
Talking to newsmen in Lahore on Monday, he said that World XI’s tour is a big leap for Pakistan to restore international cricket in the country.
Najam Sethi hoped that successful holding of Independence Cup will open the doors for the tour of Sri Lankan and West Indies teams to Pakistan.
Speaking on this occasion, Director ICC Giles Clarke said that Pakistani government and people have played an important role in bringing back international cricket to the country.
He said that efforts of security agencies of Pakistan for improving law and order situation in the country are laudable.
All arrangements have been completed for the three-match Independence Cup T- 20 series starting tomorrow in Lahore.
Cricket’s homecoming: ‘World XI’ arrive in Pakistan
International cricket returns to Pakistan with a bang as World- XI players arrived in Lahore Monday morning amid tight security, Aaj News reported.
World- XI, led by South Africa’s megastar Faf du Plessis, was welcomed by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi at the Allama Iqbal International airport Lahore, before being transported to its hotel at Mall Road.
The World XI is scheduled to play three T20 matches of the Independence Cup in Lahore on September 12, 13, and 15.
The first T-20 match between Pakistan and World-XI will be played at Qaddafi stadium in Lahore on Tuesday.
Below is the complete lineup of players.
Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan
World XI Squad:
David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy, Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Faf du Plessis(c)