Du Plessis or Amla likely to lead World XI team to Pakistan


After years of isolation over security concerns, Pakistan announced the return of worldwide cricket to its soil, with World XI & Sri Lanka scheduled to visit later in 2017.

England's Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan, plus former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, were among the overseas players whisked into Pakistan for the match and straight out again afterwards in a huge security operation. Cricket matches have not been played in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was targeted by unidentified assailants.

The statement further added that the tour will be subject to the ICC World XI team's visit to Pakistan.

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Earlier, addressing a press conference, PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that the Punjab Government had approved "Presidential level security" for the week-long tour.

This will be the first time in nine years that Pakistan cricket fans will get to witness a season of worldwide cricket in their country.

No current England players are expected to be included because the matches clash with the 50-over series against West Indies, but Moeen Ali said last week he would like to play in Pakistan in any future venture.

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The World XI team is likely to have representation from West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. Security issues prevented worldwide tours.

Since 2009, only Zimbabwe visited the country in 2015 to play in a limited over series.

Chairman Najam Sethi, on Monday, announced that a three match T20 series with World XI would take place in Lahore, starting from September 10.

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Sethi also made it clear that no foreign team was presently willing to play matches away from Lahore.