Lahore (Staff Report): After winning the Champions Trophy, Greenshirts will face a star-studded World XI team for the first of three T20 matches, Independence Cup, at the Gaddafi Stadium tonight.

Pakistan sees the return of high-profile international cricket with this history-making event after a wait of eight years.

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.

The World XI , led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis, reached Lahore on Monday morning following 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.

 

Pakistan Squad:

 

1.    Sarfraz Ahmed(c)

2.    Fakhar Zaman

3.    Ahmed Shehzad

4.    Babar Azam

5.    Shoaib Malik

6.    Umar Amin

7.    Imad Wasim

8.    Shadab Khan

9.    Mohammad Nawaz

10.  Fahim Ashraf 

11.  Hasan Ali

12.  Aamer Yamin

13.  Mohammad Amir

14.  Rumman Raees

15.  Usman Khan

16.  Sohail Khan

 

World XI :

 

1.    David Miller

2.    Morne Morkel

3.    Tim Paine

4.    Thisara Perera

5.    Imran Tahir

6.    Darren Sammy

7.    Hashim Amla

8.    Grant Elliott

9.    Samuel Badree

10.  George Bailey

11.  Tamim Iqbal

12.  Paul Collingwood

13.  Ben Cutting

14.  Faf du Plessis(c)

 

Schedule:

 

1st T20I, September 12, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore at 7:00PM

2nd T20I, September 13, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore at 7:00PM

3rd T20I, September 15, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore at 7:00PM