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World-XI cricketers arrive in Lahore

World-XI cricketers arrive in Lahore
September 11, 2017

PESHAWAR, 11 September: International cricketers representing the World-XI team in the upcoming Independence Cup arrived in Lahore on Monday.

Let by the South African cricketer, Faf du Plessis, the 14 members of the World-XI team landed at the Allama Iqbal International airport as they flew from Dubai via a private flight.

Officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) including Chairman Najam Sethi welcomed the international crickets at the airport. West Indian Samuel Badree couldn’t join the team due to his engagements with the Caribbean Premiers League (CPL). Nevertheless, he will arrive in Lahore on Monday evening.

Samuel who played the final of the Carrabin Premier League will arriving Pakistan this (Monday) evening.

Stringent security measures were taken in the surrounding areas of the airport. According to officials, nearly, 6000 security personnel were deputed at the airport and on the route to the hotel. The players were driven to the hotel amid tight security as the entire route from airport to hotel was heavily guarded.

Media persons were not allowed to cover the arrival of the international cricketers not they were given entry at the hotel due to security reason. The PCB said that its media department would release official videos and pictures of the visiting players.

The World-XI team will face Pakistan-XI in three Twenty-20 International encounters. The first of the three matches will be played tomorrow (Tuesday) at the historic Qaddafi Stadium. The second and third matches will be played on September 13 and 15.

The tour of the World-XI team is being considered a great milestone in reviving international cricket in Pakistan. Following a successful holding of the event, the Sri Lankan team has also pledged to tour Pakistan for a single T20 match in the next month.

Besides, Pakistan is also looking forward for the tour of West Indies cricket team for a three-match T20 series in November next.

The World-XI team comprises cricketers from eight countries including captain Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir from South Africa, Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree from West Indies, George Bailey, Tim Paine and Ben Cutting from Australia, Paul Collingwood from England, Grant Elliott from New Zealand, Tamim Iqbal from Bangladesh and Thisara Perera from Sri Lanka.

The PCB has announced 16-member squad for the three-match series including captain 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, Roman Raees, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan.

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