[caption id="attachment_640752" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-640752" alt="Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Thisara-Perera-of-Sri-Lanka-celebrates5.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With only a few days left for the much-anticipated <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/independence-cup-2017-200781/" target="_blank">World XI versus Pakistan</a> Twenty20 International (T20I) series, players participating in the matches have expressed their pleasure. Sri Lanka s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Thisara-Perera" target="_blank">Thisara Perera</a>, who has been in and out of the national side, feels he is lucky to part of the squad. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to <i>dawn.com</i>, Perera said, I was approached by World XI coach (Andy Flower) during the NatWest Blast and I was really excited and happy. The World XI players will assemble in Dubai for few practice sessions before flying to Lahore. He further added, Initially, my family was a bit scared but I told them that Pakistan is an Asian neighbouring country and we have to help them and stand behind them in their difficult times. <p></p> <p></p> I am proud to be the only player representing my country in the World XI. It is a big achievement to be selected, he concluded. <p></p> <p></p>World XI and Pakistan clash in a 3-T20I series in Lahore labeled as the Independence Cup.