Not all the players are from the current Sri Lankan side, while few are retired, as a response from the players is still awaited    AFP (File Photo)
Not all the players are from the current Sri Lankan side, while few are retired, as a response from the players is still awaited AFP (File Photo)

With ICC having already approved a Twenty20 series involving the ICC World XI against Pakistan to be held in Pakistan, preparations have already began for the series, as latest reports suggest that about four to five Sri Lankan players have been approached to participate in the upcoming series. According to a source from Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), not all the players are from the current Sri Lankan side, while few are retired, as a response from the players is still awaited. It is also being reported that a few of the Muslim players from South Africa would be travelling to Pakistan for the series. PCB chairman Sethi confirms World XI, WI tour of PAK

“The players from South Africa, Australia, England, West Indies and New Zealand may make the team. Sri Lankan players’ response is yet to come. In case even one player gives green light to tour [Pakistan], he will be included in the fifteen squad,” the source said. “FICA is not involved in selecting the players. Our role is to advise the players on security issues. Once the team is announced [likely this week] will guide them”, said Ken de Alwis, a Sri Lankan representative of FICA, as reported by The Daily Observer. BCCI awaits government clearance to conduct Asia Cup 2018

On Monday, Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed World XI s tour of Pakistan next month. Ever since Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, coach Mickey Arthur and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed expressed their desire to play a World XI side in limited-overs in Pakistan. It was mainly seen as a step to promote cricket in the nation who has not hosted anything significant post the infamous attack on Sri Lankan cricket team during their subcontinental tour in 2009.