Paul Collingwood to play for World XI in T20s vs Pakistan?

Pakistan will host World XI in a historic three-T20 series starting from mid September.

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Paul Collingwood has played 68 Tests and 197 ODIs for England © Getty Images
Paul Collingwood has played 68 Tests and 197 ODIs for England © Getty Images

England‘s former captain Paul Collingwood is in line to represent World XI in the upcoming three-T20 series against Pakistan in September. Former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower has been given the task to select and coach World XI, and according to reports, Collingwood is likely to join World XI. Collingwood will be the only Englishman available for the series. Along with him, chances of Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir joining the squad is doing the rounds. Collingwood, who played 68 Tests and 197 ODIs for England, still represents Durham in English county.

According to The Guardian, Collingwood has made himself available for the three-match T20 series against Pakistan ; scheduled to commence from September 12. The remaining two games will be played on September 13 and 15. All the matches will be hosted by Lahore. This is an attempt from ICC and PCB to bring cricket back in the nation who haven’t hosted anything significant since 2009 terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus during their tour. Earlier, PCB chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the series and also revealed that West Indies and Sri Lanka will be touring Pakistan.

Collingwood, who led England to their only major limited-overs title (ICC World T20I in 2010), is still an active cricketer in the England’s domestic league. He became the oldest player to score a T20 century (108 off 68 balls) against Worcestershire at New Road this summer. The 41-year-old is also the England’s most capped ODI cricketer.

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