Amla or du Plessis likely to lead World XI against Pakistan XI

  • Amla or du Plessis likely to lead World XI against Pakistan XI

Amla or du Plessis likely to lead World XI against Pakistan XI

Global cricket is set for a return to Pakistan with the West Indies agreeing to play a Twenty20 worldwide series in November.

"We are getting positive signals and the doors of global cricket are opening on Pakistan", Najam Sethi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, told a press conference in Lahore.

The PCB Chairman said Sri Lanka team will also visit Pakistan in October this year to play a one T20 match in Pakistan.

12th men: Aaron Finch (Aus) and Shakib Al Hasan (Ban).

Pakistan cricket team's Head Coach Mickey Arthur has shown great interest in the series and hopes that the tour of the World XI will bring Pakistan a step closer to reviving worldwide cricket.

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. Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram took to Twitter and expressed his delight at the prospect of cricket returning to Pakistan after nine years. It hosted an incident free final of its domestic T20 tournament " Pakistan Super League " in Lahore in March in which former West Indies captain Darren Sammy also participated. In the event, eight regional teams from across the country will compete.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that the Punjab Government had approved "Presidential level security" for the week-long tour. 'We will open the doors and global teams will come.

"Just pray that we keep our security solid", Sethi said.

Sethi hopes Karachi will soon be able to stage worldwide matches again, but for now it is only Lahore, scene of the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka bus by 12 gunmen.