Du Plessis to lead World XI in landmark tour

PCB announces team for series against World XI

Du Plessis to lead World XI in landmark tour

"It will allow the PCB and Pakistani government and people to show the world that worldwide cricket can be played in the country without any fear", Waqar said. "We should also arrange tours of the Pakistan "A" team and the trainers must ensure that their hard work should have a trickle-down effect at the domestic level to provide us with well groomed, skillful players for the national team", he added. Also, Sri Lanka and West Indies are more or less confirmed to visit the country for bilateral series.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced Pakistan's 16 member squad for the World XI series scheduled to be held next month, reported Dunya News.

Other players for the World XI include David Miller (South Africa), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Samuel Badree (West Indies), Ben Cutting (Australia), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Tim Paine (Australia), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa).

"I am honoured to have been appointed as captain of such a diverse, attractive and well-balanced side".

Andy Flower has said the World XI players know the "risks involved" in playing in Pakistan next month but are satisfied with the security operation created to protect them in Lahore.

All-rounder Sammy, the former West Indies captain, and leg-spinner Badree will be part of the star-studded squad comprising players from seven Test-playing nations for the series of matches to be called the Independence Cup on September 12, 13 and 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan.

"In my career, I have featured in some very exciting matches against Pakistan but playing Pakistan in front of its passionate supporters will be a unique occasion, which I can't wait to experience".

Sources claim that experienced batsman Mohammad Hafeez seems to be in ignored in the Pakistan squad which would face the World XI team during their tour to Pakistan.

"I am confident that through this tour of the World XI, the global cricket community, including players, media and visitors will get a better understanding and perception of Pakistan, which is a peace-loving and extremely hospitable nation that loves its cricket. Would've been great to see some Indian players too", Afridi wrote on his twitter account. Former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower will coach the side, which is set to arrive in Lahore on September 11 after attending a two-day camp in Dubai, said the PCB.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was optimistic: "I am confident that following the success of these matches, Pakistan will host regular worldwide series which we badly need".

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