As the World XI tour to Pakistan is finalized, ICC announced the squad ready to play at the country. The 14-member World XI team for the tour comprises players from seven ICC member countries. Four players from South Africa, three cricketers from Australia, two players from West Indies and one each from England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. India's player did not join the team due to constraints between PCB and BCCI. The tour comprises of three T20 matches against Pakistan. The team was announced by PCB Chairman Najam Sethi at the Gaddafi Stadium.
The players from South Africa are Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, David Miller and Imran Tahir. George Bailey, Ben Cutting and Tim Paine joined from Australia, while Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree joined from West Indies Team. Imran Tahir joined in from Bangladesh, Thisara Perera from Sri Lanka, Paul Collinwood from New Zealand, and Grant Elliot joined in from England. The coach of the team is Andy Flower, the former Captain of Zimbabwe, and the current coach of England.
Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain is excited on the arrival of the World XI to Pakistan. He said he "keenly look forward" to play in front of the committed crowds and supporters of Pakistan. The captain said, the tour will change the wrong perception about Pakistan for better. Ahmed is confident that the global community will have a better understanding of Pakistan as a "peace-loving and extremely hospitable country that loves cricket."
Sethi disclosed the dates of the T20 fixtures. The matches are scheduled on September 12, 13 and 15. The PCB Chairman specially thanked Giles Clarke stating that Pakistan is 'indebted' to him for his efforts. Shethi said, "I thank him from the bottom of my heart." Clarke is the Chairman of ICC's Pakistan Task Force. He said, the tour is not only important for Pakistan, but for international cricket as well.
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