Cricket comes home to Pakistan, with help from Tahir

Zaman dismissed as Pakistan start slow against World XI

Zaman dismissed as Pakistan start slow against World XI

After the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in the year 2009 in Pakistan, it is the biggest series to take place in Pakistan.

"Arrival of global cricket players in the country to play against Pakistan a three-match Twenty20 (T20) series is outcome of extraordinary efforts that were made to revive worldwide cricket", Sethi had then said.

Amla was part of the Proteas side that beat the hosts 1-0 in a two-match Test series and then 3-2 in five ODI games in 2007.

The two-match series will always be remembered for Jacques Kallis's stellar form with the bat as the all-rounder smashed 421 runs at an average of 210.55. "I'm sure our worldwide stars will return home with happy memories", he said. Enjoying the moment Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed termed it "highly enjoyable, even the foreign players are excited about it".

(Web Desk) - With the return of worldwide cricket on Pakistani soil, cricket fans are gearing up to witness live action in Lahore starting today, following a long pause triggered by security concerns across the country.

"We will try to play good cricket to maintain our rankings in the T20s".

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. Other players include George Bailey of Australia and Grant Elliott of New Zealand.

His sentiment was echoed by World XI coach Andy Flower, who told the media: "The World XI has come to Pakistan in order to demonstrate the unity within the cricket family". It is a series being celebrated around the country as the future of Pakistan as viable host hinges on the success of the series, which has been ratified by the ICC and holds T20 global status. "As a cricketer, in a few years' time, I will be able to look back and say that I played my part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan", he added.

On the other hand, the World XI side will look to get its combination right as Du Plessis will have to choose his playing XI from a list of superstar cricketers.

"We have got quality in other global players".

"It's a big day for Pakistan", Sethi said. "So hopefully it will be closely contested series", Amla said.

When asked about the participation of Indian players in the series, Sarfraz said: "It would have been great if they were here, but we are thankful to those who have come". They will play three T20 games September 12th, 13th and15. Local television shows pre-match footage on a constant loop, showing the player's arrival at Lahore and their practices at the Gaddafi Stadium.

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