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Champions Pakistan face stellar World XI in historic T20 today

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Tuesday Sep 12 2017

LAHORE: Pakistan, for the first time after winning the Champions Trophy, will face a star-studded World XI team for the first of three T20 matches at the Gaddafi Stadium tonight, in a history-making event which sees the return of high-profile international cricket to the country after a wait of eight years.

The World XI team left for Gaddafi Stadium at around 5pm, with strict security in place on the routes leading to the stadium.

Gates of the stadium also opened for spectators around the same time and a large number of people thronged to the stadium in public transport.

The match is scheduled to start at 7pm PST.

The World XI, led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis, reached Lahore on Monday morning amid tight security, with West Indian spinner Samuel Badree joining the team earlier today and completing the stellar line-up of 14 players from seven Test-playing countries.

The other notable players of the World XI are South Africa great Hashim Amla, West Indies’ twice-T20 World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, former England captain Paul Collingwood, New Zealand’s Grant Elliott and George Bailey from Australia.

The historic series will be closely monitored by other cricket boards and Pakistan expects it will pave the way for the country to host Sri Lanka and West Indies later this year.

In March, calls for the return of international cricket picked up steam after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high-profile foreign players such as World Cup winner Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.(Agencies)

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