World XI side has arrived in Lahore on Monday for a T20I match against Pakistan. The World XI side is led by South African captain Faf du Plessis. The team had arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport and it had a very warm welcome. This is the first time in last eight years that cricket is being played in Pakistan on the world stage. Ever since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, no top Test team has come to Pakistan due to security concerns and the International Cricket Council (ICC) also refused to send any match referee and umpires for the limited-overs series played by Zimbabwe in May 2015 in Lahore. This T20I match between World XI and Pakistan is seen as a game changer by the cricket fans in Pakistan to bring back international cricket to the country. Shahid Afridi also took to Twitter and expressed his joy over the match. He said,”Really pleased that PCB- ICC have joined hands to bring cricket back home to Pak. Would ‘ve been great to see some Indian players too.”
The Pakistani fans were thrilled to see the their favourite cricketers visiting their country after a long gap. However, some wished that Indian captain Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were a part of the World XI side. Considering that they are the best cricketing talent ever produced, them missing from the World XI is definitely something that would be jarring for fans. However, the fact that Pakistani fans want Indian cricketers to play in Pakistan indicates how popular they are in the neighbouring country.
@imVkohli.we miss u in lahore virat kohli.y u not comeee?
— Imran rajput (@Imranra31593414) September 11, 2017
#PAKvWXI Virat Kohli MS Dhoni our heartiest wish that come here entertain with their bating with legend style in World 11.Politics Profane
— Tahseen Raza???????????????? (@tahseenraza514) September 11, 2017
Definitely if Indian players like kohli and Dhoni visits to play there will be huge impact of returning of cricket in Pakistan ! https://t.co/OQlPI9a7Y6
— Azhar (@Azharazzu25) September 12, 2017
— Kashish Chadha (@crickashish217) September 11, 2017
World Eleven side: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Hashim Amla, Colin Miller, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel (SA), George Bailey, Tim Paine, Ben Cutting (Aust), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Grant Elliot (NZ), Paul Collingwood (Eng) Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree (West Indies)