ICC has announced the much-anticipated squad of World XI which comprises of superstars from 7 different Test playing nations.
A diversified team
The team contains 5 players from South Africa, 3 from Australia, 2 from West Indies, 1 from Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
World XI would be led by current skipper of South Africa, Faf du Plessis. Some other players from SA would be Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.
While speaking about leading the World XI, Faf du Plessis said:
“I am honored to have been appointed as the captain of such a diverse team”
He further added:
“I look forward to my maiden tour of Lahore and play my part in the gradual resumption of cricket in Pakistan”
Ben Cutting, Tim Paine and George Bailey have made the cut from Australia. Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree will represent West Indies while Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood, Grant Elliot and Thisara Perera will represent their respective nations. Andy Flower from Zimbabwe will perform the duty of team coach and manager.
World XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir and Darren Sammy
The three-match T20I series will be played in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15 respectively.
According to Najam Sethi, two days of camp will be held in Dubai before World XI reaches Lahore. Speaking of the security, he said:
“Security teams will visit Pakistan in the first week of September to check and verify arrangements”
The skipper of Pakistan cricket team, Sarfraz Ahmed is excited and thrilled about this prospect. He stated:
“Excited to see World XI team coming to Pakistan & keenly look forward to playing for our committed supporters”
Do you think a successful tour of World XI will send a strong and positive message to cricketing fraternities across the world?