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After a gap of 8-long years, international cricket is all set to return to Pakistan. Apart from low-ranked teams like Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, no star-studded sides have visited Pakistan after the infamous terror attack on Sri Lanka cricket team s bus in 2009. After much deliberation by International Cricket Council (ICC) and former England coach Andy Flower, a World XI side led by Faf du Plessis is set to tour Pakistan.

Flower, was the chief-de-mission for this tour to take place. South Africa s Test and T20I skipper du Plessis, will be joined by many international stars for a 3-T20I series named Independence Cup. Other South African players include, HashimAmla, Imran Tahir, David Miller and Morne Morkel.

Bangladesh s prolific opener Tamim Iqbal is also in World XI s line-up. West Indies two times World T20 winning skipper, Darren Sammy too will provide his sharp inputs. Speaking of WT20 champions, England s only ICC trophy winning captain Paul Collingwood too joins the brigade.

Australia s George Bailey, Ben Cutting and Tim Paine also find themselves in the touring party. Completing a Tran-Tasman alliance is New Zealand s Grant Elliot. Apart from Sammy, Samuel Badree will also be present and form a deadly pair with Tahir.

Thisara Perera is the only Sri Lankan in the 14-man squad.

Designed by Shreyas Dulam
Designed by Shreyas Dulam

Numbers:

1st T20I game for an ICC World XI side.

551 The total T20I experience of the World XI combined is of 551 matches.

2 Two players have scored T20I hundreds Faf du Plessis and Tamim Iqbal

1 One player has a T20I hat-trick against his name Thisara Perera

6,740 Total number of T20I runs combined (batsmen). 46 runs behind Andy Flower s tally of 6,786 ODI runs.

It surely will be a challenge for the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan to take on a promising outfit. Pakistan is coming off a historic ICC Champions Trophy win and will be high on confidence. They have a blend of experience and youth in the squad.

This surely be a experience of a lifetime for fans, players and officials, who will be participate in the Independence Cup that will go a long way in resuming international cricket in Pakistan.