Lahore readies for the return of global cricket

Tuesday, 12 Sep, 2017

Bizarrely the third ODI could not be completed due to a floodlight failure, dust storm and eventual rain.

Global cricket returns to Pakistan as they get ready to host the World XI for a three-match T20 series starting Septeamber 12.

All-rounder Aamer Yamin, batsman Umar Amin and spinner Mohammad Nawaz will not be participating in the first match against World XI.

Pakistan have won seven of their last eight T20I games, including series wins against England and the West Indies. I have great memories of playing against Pakistan in Pakistan.

The hard-fought match goes into its final over and Pakistan emerge victorious against one of many world-class visiting teams that have toured the country in recent times. "As soon as we spoke to the people who were in control of the a player all you want was peace of mind and they gave it to us".

Thanks to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and International Cricket Council (ICC) whose efforts made it reality, and Pakistanis are now likely to bid adieu to deprivation. The team will be coached by former Zimbabwe star Andy Flower. After our victory in the Champions Trophy, our responsibility has increased.

Manohar said: "This is a good day for world cricket as the PCB hosts a World XI in Lahore for three T20 worldwide games". We have a young team building up and we are fully prepared ahead of the game.

The Proteas Test skipper is joined in the World XI squad by global teammates Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, David Miller and Imran Tahir while New Zealand's Grant Elliott and England's Paul Collingwood also made the trip. This will prolong Amir's wait to play his first worldwide match at home. But Pakistan was a great supporter of Zimbabwean cricket in those early days in the early 90's, and I really appreciate the opportunities they helped create for me and other cricketers of Zimbabwe. "So hopefully it will be closely contested series", Amla said. Near about after 8 years, an global cricket match series will take place in Pakistan today.

The two teams will play all the three T20 clashes at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, starting on Tuesday. The second edition of this Twenty20 League saw the final of the tournament being held successfully in Lahore.

Faf du Plessis will captain the team.

A 14-man strong squad was announced a fortnight later, which comprised five South African, three Australian, two West Indian cricketers along with Grant Elliot, Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood and Thisara Perera.

The 33-year-old takes over from AB de Villiers and will now lead the Proteas across all three formats.