World XI Superstars Arrive In Pakistan

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World XI players arrived at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore.

Following tight security, the team of stars has landed in Pakistan a day before the much anticipated three-match T20 series against Pakistan kicks off at Gaddafi Stadium.

The World XI team led by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, was welcomed at the airport by the Pakistan Cricket Board chairmain Najam Sethi, before being escorted to a hotel at Mall Road.

“It’s great to be here,” said Andy Flower, the World XI coach and former Zimbabwe captain.

“We are looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket that we are going to put on show and we had a warm welcome already.”

The World XI Squad

Here are the international cricketers who are part of the visiting team to Pakistan:

  • Faf du Plessis (capt),
  • Hashim Amla,
  • George Bailey,
  • Paul Collingwood,
  • Ben Cutting,
  • Grant Elliott,
  • Tamim Iqbal,
  • David Miller,
  • Morne Morkel,
  • Tim Paine,
  • Thisara Perera,
  • Darren Sammy,
  • Imran Tahir.

The PCB is hoping to revive cricket in Pakistan with this series after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan national cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009. That experience wounded several of the players, and claimed the lives of six policemen and a driver.

Pakistan has been without international cricketing events for the most part since then. And now it seems things are taking a turn for the better.

Extraordinary Security Arrangements Finalized

Both the federal and Punjab provincial governments have deployed thousands of security officials to guard the teams on the routes from their hotel to the Gaddafi Stadium, which will host the matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Roads and shops will remain closed around the 27,000 capacity stadium in order to ensure that no mishap occurs. The spectators will also undergo strict security measures before entering the stadium.

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