Colly in his­toric tour to Pak­istan

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Seth Fran­cis

PAUL Colling­wood is the only English rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the World XI squad that will travel to Pak­istan to play three T20Is next month.

The In­de­pen­dence Cup will see in­ter­na­tional cricket re­turn to Pak­istan for the first time since an at­tack on the Sri Lanka team in La­hore in 2009 caused in­ter­na­tional teams to stop tour­ing the coun­try.

Since those at­tacks, Pak­istan have played their home games in other venues, such as the UAE, though Zim­babwe did play three ODIs and two T20s in the coun­try in 2015 – a tour that was marred by a sui­cide bomb­ing out­side the La­hore sta­dium.

Faf du Plessis will cap­tain this World XI side that fea­tures four other South Africans, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from seven na­tions in to­tal.

Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, David Miller and Im­ran Tahir are the other South Africa play­ers with Aus­tralia pro­vid­ing three play­ers – Ge­orge Bai­ley, Ben Cut­ting and Tim Paine.

There are no In­dian play­ers in the squad which also fea­tures two from the West Indies as well as a player apiece from Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Du Plessis said: “All the mem­bers of the squad have com­plete faith and trust in the as­sess­ment and judg­ment of the se­cu­rity ex­perts, who have as­sured us that there will be no com­pro­mise on the safety and se­cu­rity of all those in­volved in the se­ries.”

Pak­istan Cricket Board chair­man Na­jam Sethi added: “This will be an aus­pi­cious mo­ment for Pak­istan cricket and I am pos­i­tive that it will serve to open the doors of in­ter­na­tional cricket in Pak­istan.”

World XI squad: Faf du Plessis (cap­tain, South Africa), Hashim Amla (South Africa), Sa­muel Badree (West Indies), Ge­orge Bai­ley (Aus­tralia), Paul Colling­wood (Eng­land), Ben Cut­ting (Aus­tralia), Grant El­liott (New Zealand), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), David Miller (South Africa), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Tim Paine (wick­et­keeper, Aus­tralia), This­ara Per­era (Sri Lanka), Im­ran Tahir (South Africa), Dar­ren Sammy (West Indies).

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