Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka    Getty Images
Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka Getty Images

With only a few days left for the much-anticipated World XI versus Pakistan Twenty20 International (T20I) series, players participating in the matches have expressed their pleasure. Sri Lanka s Thisara Perera, who has been in and out of the national side, feels he is lucky to part of the squad.

Speaking to dawn.com, 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.

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.

World XI and Pakistan clash in a 3-T20I series in Lahore labeled as the Independence Cup.