Shoaib Malik    Getty Images
Shoaib Malik Getty Images

No country would be happier today than Pakistan, as international cricket returns to their land. Since the 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, only Zimbabwe and Afghanistan have toured Pakistan. Shoaib Malik, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Ahmed Shahzad and Sohail Khan are a handful of few, who have experienced the thrill of playing in front of a home crowd. Malik, who was last seen playing in ICC Champions Trophy 2017, is set to impart some knowledge and guide the young guns against the World XI. The first T20I will be played at Gaddafi Stadium.

Malik is confident that the young side would not disappoint. The World XI is a strong, well-built unit but our confidence is high. Many people questioned the quality of cricketers that would feature for World XI but the Pakistan Cricket Board has done a great job, Malik told The Dawn. Our youngsters have done well recently so we re looking forward to this and it is a good chance for them to prove their mettle. Winning or losing is part and parcel of the game but we want to give our home crowd good competitive cricket, he added.

While an excited Malik is all set to represent Pakistan, his wife Sania Mirza would be missing all the action due to a busy schedule.

The remaining two T20Is will be held at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday and Friday.