Pakistan vs World XI expected lineup

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It would have a truly global event had there been even a single player from India, but as Andy Flower, the World XI coach, rightly reasoned, busy schedules and the political situation didn't allow that to happen. They were never in the chase and ultimately Sarfraz Ahmed's men took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

Pakistan take a huge step towards reviving global cricket at home after years of isolation when they host a three-match Twenty20 series amid tight security against a star-studded World XI, starting Tuesday.

This is the first time that an worldwide match being hosted in Pakistan, after the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked in 2009.

The motive to host an global team was to split to ensure Pakistan's qualification for the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017 and to send a signal across to the world that the country had finally moved on from the tragic events of 2009, and was ready to host worldwide teams.

The World XI finished with 177 with Darren Sammy and skipper Faf du Plessis scoring 29 each.

The home team will next take up the World XI side for the second T20I match of the series at the same venue on September 13. Calls for the return of worldwide cricket in Pakistan picked up steam after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League was held in Lahore. "It was hot and it was loud and it was exciting and I loved every minute, it was just like cricket should be", said Shaniera when asked why she didn't sit upstairs in the air-conditioned hospitality boxes.

For World XI, it will be tough as it has excellent players to choose from but few that have played together. We are just happy that after a long time, Pakistani cricket fans can watch global action at home.

In pursuit of 198, World XI openers Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla got off to a cautious start. It's not about ourselves, it's great to see we can play a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan.

But a bigger concern for World XI will be the lack of fast bowling options.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have high hopes that the series will close that dark chapter for good - and allow a new generation of players to experience the thrill of playing before a home crowd for the first time.

Over 6,000 police officials and paramilitary officers have been deployed around the stadium, according to provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan.

"I am here to support the World XI because they are supporting our cause to revive global cricket", said Ahsan Ali, a school student.

The passion of fans was really commendable, which compelled them to forget about long distance and queues, and instead made them more disciplined and tolerant.

Despite playing its home matches overseas, Pakistan rose to the top of the test rankings previous year and also won the Champions Trophy.

Du Plessis can certainly feel this excitement and is thrilled to be playing a part in re-shaping the cricket landscape in Pakistan.

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