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World XI to play two Twenty20s in Pakistan

Umar Farooq

October 16, 2012

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Sanath Jayasuriya fell for just 2 in his 445th and final ODI appearance, England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval, June 28 2011
Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya will lead the 'World XI' team © Getty Images

In a bid to revive international cricket in Pakistan, a World XI will play two exhibition Twenty20 matches against a Pakistan Star XI, the Sindh sports minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah has announced.

The 'World XI' team - a name the ICC has objected to*, since, as per an AFP report, it "doesn't permit the names World or World XI for exhibition matches" - is comprised of former and active professional players from Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa and Afghanistan. The two matches will be played on October 20 and 21 at the National Stadium Karachi with former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya slated to lead the World XI against a Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan XI.

"World XI team will be arriving in Karachi on October 18 to play a series of two twenty20 matches," Shah said. "There are some notable player touring and this is a big breakthrough.

"I have been working from last one year to make this event possible. We have finalised all the arrangements to hold these matches in a befitting manner under tight security. Both matches will be played under floodlights. The event will give a soft image of Pakistan around the world and would encourage the teams to visit Pakistan."

"Around 5,000 policemen will be employed to avoid any lapse and we are sure that these arrangements will put the players at ease," said Shah. "All the players are excited over the prospect of visiting Pakistan."

The idea to bring a World XI to Pakistan was first lobbied a year ago, but the tour was cancelled twice earlier this year when PCB refused to sanction the tournament. The PCB has issued 'No Objection Certificates' to the contracted players due to participate this time and has allowed the use of the National Stadium, but all the logistic arrangements, broadcasting deals and security arrangements were made by Shah with the support of the local government in Karachi.

Pakistan has not had international cricket since terrorists ambushed the Sri Lanka team bus during a Test match in Lahore in March 2009. Since then, Pakistan has had to play most of their 'home' matches in the UAE. The PCB's recent attempt to have Bangladesh tour were stymied when the Bangladesh high court set a four-week embargo on the national team's plans to visit Pakistan, citing concerns over security.

World XI: Sanath Jayasuriya (capt), Ricardo Powell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Lawson, Adam Sanford (West Indies), Justin Kemp, Loots Bosman, Andre Nel, Andre Seymore, Nantie Hayward (South Africa), Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan). Officials: Alvin Kallicharran (coach cum manager)

Pakistan XI: Shahid Afridi (capt), Younis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan, Khalid Latif, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Imran Nazir

*04:44pm GMT, October 17: This article has been updated following the ICC's objection to the team name

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

nice move from international teams, which channel will be broadcasting these macthes

Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Best of Luck Afridi and its team

Posted by naamnaeem on (October 19, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

This is very great to see great player back to Pakistan. need one more favor if you can show ball by update of these matches like other domestic matches scores are updated on espncricinfo. (Very Very Thankful Pakistani Cricket Lovers.............)

Posted by Udendra on (October 19, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

@Joji_ : ha ha... well said! :D

Posted by Flat_Track_bullies on (October 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Forgot to invite: BISHAN SINGH BEDI, GOOCH, and probably Don bradmans ghost..

Posted by AlvinD on (October 18, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

This is truly a noble move on the part of Sanath Jayasuriya particularly, considering it's his Sri Lanka team that came under attack in 2009. All the men who have made the sacrifice and taken the 'risk' to be involved in such an initiative are deserving of our commendation and salutation. I am a West Indian, but I absolutely love Pakistan as a cricketing nation, and the country certainly deserves a return of cricket on home soil, especially considering the path of success in all formats of the game the team has been walking. Long live Pakistan cricket! Long live the sport!

Posted by Crick_Expert on (October 18, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Pakistan is great nation. Pakistan peoples are hungry to see great players in action at Pakistan grounds.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Great Going....Inshallah we will see International Cricket in Pakistan soon. Aura123 spotted it right......Can we put this news on front page as well.

Posted by Aura123 on (October 18, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Kaneria & other pak news is always on the front page , only on front page but top of the front page. Can you please put this on the front page so people can see the international players are coming to Pakistan , thank you

Posted by Third_Gear on (October 18, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

OH MY GOD !!! IS THIS WORLD XI ???? HA HA HA ...who are they ??????? Best cricketers of the world alongwith long time past retired Sanath Jayasurya ??? Oh My God what a true battle.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

these 2 matches are very important for us not recent big names of cricket but some international players are enough for start cricket in pakistan, we will show that we are the real lover of peace and cricket,inshAllah in 2013 international cricket will start in Pakistan Best Sport of the world: CRICKET Best Team of the world: PAKISTAN Best Crowed of the world: KARACHI (will show on 20th & 21st October 2012 )

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

good move to bring something for Pakistan People specially in Karachi. Hope it will keep on moving and we will see lights in stadiums. Thanks to all Word XI players coming for a cause. We very much appreciate your sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

it is really sad to see that no matches played in pakistan since 2009!

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 18, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

No matter if there is no Razzaq or Saeed Ajmal. Lets enjoy and watch the live game at National Stadium, Karachi. We are ready.......................

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

That is i am taking about. Anshallah we can see matches in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Alvin kallicharan ??? diden't know he was still alive

Posted by AmjadZork on (October 18, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

We Thank our Lankan brothers !!!

Posted by StarHawk on (October 18, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Steven Taylor is from USA, not WI.

Posted by swat1999 on (October 18, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

Awesine decesion but dissapointed that no Indian played in World XI. India should encourage to bring back international cricket in Pakistan

Posted by pak78 on (October 17, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

well done pcb into taking a step closer for bringing back international cricket back into pakistan, fans are starved to see there stars play in front of them .. best of luck oh and were is razor razzak and spin king saeed.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

World XI and no one from Australia, England, India, Bangladesh, new-zealand..and just one is from Srilanka.....ironical....

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

It's good to see Kallicharran back in cricket admin, he has a good cricketing brain, all the best to him.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

It will be a Good Event InshAllah... But Where's Abdul Razzaq and Saeed Ajmal ?

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

............and where is Abdul Razzaq ??

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

really im waiting for the match.....

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Glad to see Jerome Taylor playing cricket again.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 18:05 GMT)


Posted by asim229 on (October 17, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

It would have been better if they had played those matches against afghanistan or one of the domestic teams currently playing in Champions league. Because in the current format it wont help bring cricket back and willbe just a joke of a cricket match against old retired cricketers.

Posted by mainul079080 on (October 17, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

At last i shall see the wasted great talent in PAK colours- FAWAD ALAM.Please take him in main Pak team.He will definitely not dissapoint you.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Would be good clash.Sanath Jayasuriya,Nantie Hayward would be amazing.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

This will be a great chance for jayasuriya to perform and to make a comeback in the team...=D

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Good decision by Mr Shah

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

It's a good news For afghan Cricket fans and team Hope shapoor and Shahzad Will perform well :)

Posted by qasimcool on (October 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

where is the saeed ajmal

Posted by InnocentGuy on (October 17, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

I can't wait to see Nantie Hayward back in action!! Mornantauuuuuu!!!

Posted by perl57 on (October 17, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Is this some joke? What a waste of money ICC. Asking a bunch of individuals who may have forgotten cricket 3 years back to come back and play a match for World XI? Well if characters like AndreNel and others perform they may have a chance in IPL,BBL,SPL, BBL, and finally the lousy english County.

Posted by siddiqi on (October 17, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Where are the official captains Hafeez and Misbah? Making Afridi captian of Pakistan ? why just because he is from karachi so next time whenever we play a match in PAKISTAN captain should be from that city.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

A great effort by the world eleven team...Hopefull for cricket revival back in Pakistan and may Allah strengthen our beloved country,Pakistan <3

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Good Job Pakistan Cricket Board, I would happy if they make Afridi Captain again, Mohd Hafezz does n't know how to utilize the extra ordinary skills of Afridi, Next World T20 in Bangladesh. Hope pakistan will win it.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Sorry to say this Pakistani fans, but this is a meaningless fixture. Perhaps some Pakistani fans will cherish this act as something relevant BUT not REAL ones. Those who care about Pakistani cricket will know that nothing short of a FULL bilateral series played in Pakistan would satisfy their appetite. Until then such sideshows are most welcome I guess.

Posted by timtom on (October 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Let me tell u the final scoreline too... 1-1 ....A show of goodwill :P

Posted by timtom on (October 17, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Not enough !!even if another 100 such world XI`s tour pakistan, other countries are not going to tour.. because the REAL problem is not addressed yet. Except pak fans other can see the reason to it... Anyways atleast these X1`s shud provide some entertainment to PAK fans...

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

I am Happy that cricket is back in Pakistan.Good Job PCB.

Posted by on (October 17, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

lol at Hypocrisy of fans . If a senior citizen XI is coming to visit Pakistan it is due to efforts of PCB. No oneeven bothers to thank ICC for sanctioning it. But if no one visits Pakistan all blame ICC and say it is not doing enough.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Finally people have some reason to go in Pak grounds...welcome world 11 stars.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Nice work PCB keep it up............

Posted by Sivarajah on (October 17, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Being a Cricket lover, I love to hear this news. The PCB has done their best. Now it is the Security people who need to do their best. I recall the hero's ( Bus driver) braveness who saved srilankan cricketers from a huge tragedy.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Wishes from Sri lanka to the Pakistan and it cricket starved people & PCB for your efforts , having said that , I see lot on negative comments with regard to the players. Come on people , be happy that the PCB has done its best to put this internationls together and play in karachi.(hot spot). At least this will be the stepping stone for future International teams to be convinced that Pakistan is safe for International sports , be it Cricket/Footbal etc. Move on people , Your support in the most vital ingrediant att this moment.i

Posted by zeshanmalik on (October 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

now icc should consider pak for international cricket. pakistan people so much love with cricket .if these two match will finsh with no problem, world xi has a superstar and they want to see international player and team in pakistans stadium. icc assist pak people to bring cricket back in pakistan's stadium.

Posted by MohsinBallack on (October 17, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

what a great news we pray and hope after these matches other international teams also tour Pakistan in the future last time i visit National Stadium Karachi Was In 2008 I Think Thats Long Time Ago.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Surely there are some people who are not feeling good about the revival of International Cricket in Pakistan. Yeah! still we have security worries but not in all Pakistan. We have problems near Afghan Border. But the good thing is some Afghan players are also participating. My message for all those who criticizing this event is, if u not appreciate it, at least not depreciate it. You should support the game if u like it....Think About it....Best wishes for the Organizing committee and the Police for a successful series. To shut all the mouth which barking on revival of International Cricket in Pakistan...........

Posted by keptalittlelow on (October 17, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Sad to see this, shows the desperation, anyway Goodluck.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 17, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai, johnathonjosephs always talks sense. Not the so called first time he made a sensible comment. If you are talking about Sri Lanka getting whitewashed by Pakistan 3-0 in tests and 5-0 in ODIs, thats perfectly ok because Pakistan is always honest and dont depend on umpiring howlers to succeed. If you are saying that we won against Pakistan in June and July this year due to umpiring errors, yes thats true but we lost to India in July this year also due to our own useless umpires like Kumar Dharmasena. If DRS was there, result would have been 3-2 either way and not 4-1 India.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

This is like Expendables 3

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

where is Ajmal?? Pakistan's New superstar missing from star XI.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

@KURUWITA, funniest comment ive ever read hahahha!! sanath should indeed be captain!!

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Thanks to all the international players for visiting our home. I urge all the karachi people to b in stadium on 18th.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Would like to have seen more Sri Lankans. In 1996 Pak & Ind sent a team when Aus and WI did not want to play World Cup fixtures.

Posted by sanjayverma on (October 17, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Good move by PCB , It will more promsing when some current pool of players will attend the match ...apart from Afgani still no body has guts to play in Pakistan !! No Aussies,English,NZs,Indians ..Pls call a National except SL and Afgani team for the good move .

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

doesnt know why people are too upset that the name should be not World 11 guy what strong with that players are around the world that why it is said world 11 if they are good players called stars then it is said ALL STARS not world 11

Posted by maverick.arora on (October 17, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

I don't think it is time yet for Pakistan to host matches of any sort. I disagree with anyone who deems Pakistan as safe. Hundreds of innocent lives are lost every single day in the metropolitan cities in Pakistan. Why would international invite trouble? Radicals and militancy is on the rise in Pakistan.

While it is a great gesture by the organizers, I feel the ICC and the should ponder and give it a second thought.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

Well Well !! Welcome Back Cricket in Pakistan PCB Show Some Good Work Specially Mr. Zaka Ashraf Thank You to Make Good Effort And Make This Happen .. Pak Safe for Cricket

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 17, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

WOW this will gonna be Awesome...I can guarantee a full packed crowed...and we will gonna prove that Pakistan is a Safe country to play cricket...:)

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Its good to see PCB giving a chance to young players! Hopefully international cricket will return 2 Pakistan after this series!


Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 17, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Ohreally sinhaya SL is coming again in 2013.Pak "Be ready for another white wash.You must destroy them like anything.I am sure Sanga and Jaya knowing them will opt out of the tour.This is due to fear fear of how badly Pak will beat them."

Posted by DINESHCC on (October 17, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Good to see cricket's return to Pakistan. Only embarassment is Afridi is leading Pkaistan XI. It looks like Ravindra Jadeja leading Indian XI

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 17, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Johnathonjoseph well said.Pak 11 vs Senior Citizens 11.First sensible comment from you.

Posted by joseyesu on (October 17, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

PCB is somehow making it to happen. Let see. We are also bored of playing with SL all the time and they may also feel the same.

Posted by umazhar on (October 17, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Cricket I am here to support you at National Stadium, Karachi....... Thankz Muhammad Ali Shah....

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 17, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

At least a chance to visit at National Stadium, We are happy, excited, emotional and looking forward to visit at ground. I do hope, Afridi will cross the golden duck this time.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

World XI ? I can't see any English, Australian or INDIAN players.. PLay Indians in Pak man.. That ll improve relationships, increase viewership, will bring intl cric back in Pak..

Posted by getsetgopk on (October 17, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

What an opertunity missed by the administrators there, why not ask IMRAN KHAN to lead the Pak XI? Of course these are just promotional T20 matches and nothing more than that.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

i guess it will be the opening of Intl cricket in pakistan.. i wish that the matches will be a success story for time to come..

Posted by DataQue on (October 17, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

This will be a great 'Ice-Breaker' for Pakistan Cricket! Rock on!

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Guys this is not a match under PCB. It has only supported it. Its all KCCA and Ali Shah who are setting it up, and the aim of international reputed players coming to Pakistan has been acheived. Most of these players can still play good cricket though. Kemp, Bosman, Jayasuria, Powell, Shehzad are wonderful hitters....

Nel, Hayword were decent seamers, Zadran is impressive like Akhtar in his early days

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Haha..cant stop laughing after reading KURUWITA's comment saying good chance for sanath to regain captaincy!!! hahah

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (October 17, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Hmmm... Maybe it should be a Pakistan 11 vs the Senior Citizens 11? Jayasuriya seems likes he is the youngest player in that group (bar the Afghanistanis)

Posted by syed.r.karim on (October 17, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

I am not looking for Pakistan team ground performance; this is all about good hospitality. Wise these matches will complete successfully. All the player must enjoy at last they have home supporter. This could be a cricket fair for Pakistan because, this will be the seed of PCL.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 17, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

This is very good opportunity for Sanath to get the Sri Lankan captaincy as Mahela has resigned.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

Not a bad idea, but are these guys fit for a twenty/20 match?

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (October 16, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

This is awesome, finally international cricket in pakistan, so excited.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (October 16, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

hey guys can we please stop this Karachi .. Lahore stuff... lets us all be just PAKISTANIS and support our team.. PAKISTAN Zindabad..

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Afghanistan team much better than world x1 they should invite them for matches

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

Greattt news!! Thanks for the organizers and participating players, here i come National stadium! Here i come again to support cricket in Pakistan!!

Posted by AzAb12754 on (October 16, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

If it doesn't go well I'll be very happy all the best though lets see if you can pull it off and prove people wrong.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Good news i hope every thing gos fine and nice to see YOUNUS KHAN back in t20 n yeh he got two wickets today for HABIB BANK n those wickets were yasir hameed and abdul razzaq

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Where is our captain hafeez--- and his friend abdul razzaq

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Players should be commended if this tour goes through, since their families will be mighty concerned. Condition in Pakistan have gone only worse since that attack on Sl team... But after that attack some one made a comment that no security could have saved the players if this level of attack was undertaken..... I know Pak is trying to revive cricket in its home country which is their right but I feel that they should not go haphazard about it, I hope they have a proper shockproof plan.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

good news . Good to see cricket matches taking place in Pakistan. My only concern is the team selection . Did PCB select this side or Dr. Shah ? They could have atleast included Harris Sohail ,Junaid Khan , Raza Hasan............ and the list goes on and on. Having said that , I think the teams are equally matched if Yonus, Shazaib, Fawad, Latif & Sami all play !!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

finally... national stadium, here I come :D

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (October 16, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

It's better for Pakistan to play against Afghanistan first. Two evenly matched teams can at least produce some decent competition.

Posted by a.syed81 on (October 16, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

@ Stark62 Geo Super will broadcasted both games on 20th and 21st Oct.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

ill be lookin forward for this GOODLUK PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Great... Great... Great... Hoping a Pack Crowd!! All The Best Pakistan!!

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (October 16, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

few ppl here are really jealous of that thing !

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

@Ansarja.....thanks for your grear reply???? Love to see Afridi get some form & fun since he aint being amongst wickets or runs. Some fun should do him good

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Good To Hear the Name of Ricardo Powell After a Long Time

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

hope this tour bring back cricket to pakistan

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Lets hope the game went without problems so we can have a full cricket world including playing in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

This is a great opportunity to Pakistan to move forward! All the best for Pakistan and BOOM BOOM the blaster of the ball!.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Should be interesting to see how the 18 year old American Steven Taylor gats on against some better opposition. Would be nice to see him get a game.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

@Ash Enoon - it's the kind of reckless remark you make which almost makes people respond with "yeah, no Indian players - cuz they'd rather be alive. If it needs 5000 policement for two t20 matches you know the story anyway!'' Besides it's a team of 'has-been's in world XI barring the two Afghan players. Even the Pak XI team is full of players whose int'l T20 career is over or on the wane. As a lover of cricket, and not just an Indian, I wish all the best but to be very honest - the team composition has made it more of a joke. Pakistan cricket and it's fans deserve better.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

#waqar ahmed: hay bro, excuze me. this isnot Karachi XI because Umar Akmal, Imran nazir are from Punjab

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Thank You Dilhan Manawadu for the wonderful respect. Thank you very much :)

Posted by Joji_ on (October 16, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

@people who are questioning the name worldXI:

It was named worldXI by the same people who nammed CLT20 as Champions League!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Although i love to see cricket in Pakistan. i Live in Rawalpindi, evesince i have started working and earning money, i didnt get chance to watch cricket in pindi stadium due to terrorist attacks on SL team. I have memories from the past when we used to see Int Teams visiiting Pakistan and live cricket in pindi cricket stadium. BUT having said that, i would not want cricket back in pakistan at this point in time. WHY??? I am scared if if if there is a lapse...boy cricket is gone for long long longgggggg... time....So may be another year or so, lets wait ofr more improvement in law and order and security, then we can invite. For me its too early to resume international cricket in Pak. Asim from Rawalpindi (Been Watching cricket since 1992)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Ideally Pakistan should have played Afghanistan or someone in these 2 matches instead. Would've meant something hope it goes well but I doubt :)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Will love to see Afridi as Captain again.... :)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Shahid Afridi (Khyber Agency / Karachi), Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Sami, Sarfraz Ahmed -> 7 Karachi based Sindh Players

Younis Khan (Mardan / Peshawar), Umar Gul (Peshawar) -> 2 KPK Players

Shoaib Malik (Sialkot), Imran Nazir (Sialkot), Umar Akmal (Lahore), Nasir Jamshed (Lahore), Wahab Riaz (Lahore) -> 5 Punjab Players

@Waqar Ahmed! It is Pakistan XI. Matches are organized by Karachi based people. So what's the big deal, if they have more players?

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

There are no security issues in Pak, all those making refrences to odd incidensts in the North East, please look at your own cities, the fact of the matter is, no suicide bombings happen in Pak main cities anymore,all this negativety is coming from our so called Indian brothers. The anti Pak lobby needs to take a break and realise that Pak Cricket team is still one of the most desirable team to play, just look at the number of Pak fans who have travelled to each country in the last 3 years. Sri Lanka last week mentioned that Pak fans are very profitable during the 2 last world cups, we may not be 1 billion strong, but we are still 200 million and thats enough to make Pak a very interesting prospect indeed. Go Green Shirts.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Better you should have played 2 Official T20 International with Afghanistan rather than selecting only 2 Afghan players in World XI .Afghanistan is a much better side than this world XI because they gave tough time to the time like India in world cup .

Posted by ankit_barry on (October 16, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

If this is World Eleven, then i am Aristotle :):)

Posted by CRmadrid on (October 16, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

A great initiative. Pakistan is great country with great cricketers. It was one off tragic incident happened to our SL team during the tour. That doesn't mean that they are not allowed to play cricket forever. Love to see Sana boy coming forward for this. Wish all goes well & hope to see more cricket tournaments taking place.And for ppl laughing at this, i feel pity for them. We all Sri Lankans, Pakistanis & rest of the world love it.Congrats again.Good luck!

Posted by mohad.s on (October 16, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

we will warm welcom cricket in pakistan wish you all pakistan fans and players.

Posted by Summer_Sport on (October 16, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I'm a Bangladeshi fan and I would love to see Cricket return to Pakistan. I remember a lot of games played in Pakistan great atmosphere. Hopefully we can give the support Pakistan deserves to host International Cricket and hopefully Bangladesh will tour there as well soon again all the best greetings!

Posted by muneeb2012 on (October 16, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

ppl its a private tour...icc n pcb have got nthng to do with it....i dnt knw if it wil have any significance in d process will start with these humble beginings

Posted by Varun_R123 on (October 16, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

They can organize a match between Pakistan and Afghanistan if the Afghan board agree. It will be more competitive. :-)

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (October 16, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

This is not World's Best XI, its just for revive International Cricket in Pakistan!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

well come to all vister......

Posted by Baundele on (October 16, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Good idea. Being not associated to any particular country and no international future these players will not be attacked. This will work as making the security concerns a bit softer. International teams will not travel Pakistan right away; but it is a step forward.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

good news! people down there have been starved off of cricket and i hope security arrangements remain in place what the officials claim to have in place. Pakistan is a nice place to play cricket, I still remember the 2004 odi series between India and Pakistan, promoted as the friendship cup and the crowd was amazing.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

We from Sri Lanka would wish that pakistan officials would do a great job and make this tournament a success so that cricket will return to pakistan soon as possible and as an Asian we would love to see Pakistan grounds also getting some matches and our fellow pakistani cricket lovers cheering their own side in their own grounds in their motherland!! all the best to the organizers and we as Sri Lankans would be fully praying to have good competitive 2 matches in the beautiful country called Pakistan!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Dr. Shah is really working for betterment of Pakistan Cricket

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

i like your comment ansarja

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Ahhh............the feeling of seeing cricket in Pakistan again..........all the best Pakistan, love from Bangladesh..I hope a couple of Bangladeshi players like Shahriar Nafees and Naeem Islam could have gone there...........

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

All those who are saying this is`nt a perfect world 11.why don`t you visit Pakistan and make the team?Its easy for you to say when no other international player is ready to come here.These guys are taking a wonderful step,cricket will only be revived this way in pakistan.Its not like the Aussie team or any other international team will come here without any proof of safety.These games will provide the evidence that Pakistan is a safe place!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

beware of nantie hayward... not sure if he'll bowl lyk he used to, but an amazing talent completely ignored by SA!!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

good luck to Pakistan in hosting cricket matches...people deserve it.. wishes from Sri Lanka..

Posted by Yevghenny on (October 16, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

I do hope that one day international cricket can be played in Pakistan again. nobody wants to see them playing in Abu dhabi, it's not good for the game

Posted by Arif3211 on (October 16, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Good to see Afridi as a captain,

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (October 16, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

After Jayasuriya the mmost valuable Icon player for world XI is Mohammad Shahzad. This signify the other icon players of the world.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Sad to see world eleven players life is under threat:-(

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

@ Topic - Good news, really. Although I didn't get the logic of creating a team of Oldies except Afg players and calling it a 'World XI' but more importantly its purpose is to revive International Cricket in Pakistan. So Good luck for that. Can't wait to see Ricardo Powell and our own Angry-Young-Man NEL in action.

Posted by MJawwadA on (October 16, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

@ Waqar Ahmed: Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Imran Nazir??

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

I don't think the make-up of each side really matters. It's whether or not this actually happens and without incident.

Posted by Stark62 on (October 16, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

If only Afridi had lead a similar side (with a few additions and subtractions here and there) in the T20 WC, then Pak would have won the WC.

Also, I would love to see the match live and wanted to know; will it be broadcasted on any channel?

Posted by Usmanaftab24 on (October 16, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Thanks Jayasuriya and his team! Thanks Sri Lanka!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

where are indian players..this is not world

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Make is safe......... then it will be through

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 16, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

@ Waqar Ahmed my dear is karachi is out side from Pakistan??????? it,s PAk XI.....good luck PAk XII...thanks to WORLD XII to come PAk..Jaysuria is grear Hero.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

this is not about winning, the world icons are there to convey a message, that Pakistan deserve cricket. Respect, from Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

lol 5000 policeman just for these matches is way too much something is already wrong. If it goes wrong again then its clear Cricket will never return to Pakistan all the best though ;)

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (October 16, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Breaking News: Avg age of World XI is 35 yrs(Excluding Afghani Players).And there r many debutants too like Andre Seymore,Steven Taylor.The headline should be pakistan XI vs Veteran XI.haha..So for last 1 yr Zaka was working on this team to revive the cricket.Gr8

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

No Indians players? Yeyyy :) (From srilanka)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

This is Karachi XI, not Pakistan XI. So keep the controversy out. However, would be great to see Andre Nel, Hayward & Lawson as pace attack!!

Posted by Z.Saleem on (October 16, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

hope this tour goes ahead on its dates....would be interesting to see how Afridi performs as Captain!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Thank you every one who is coming to pakistan. special thanks to srilankan brothers

Posted by NYer on (October 16, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Many of the "World XI" players haven't played in ages. The two best players will be two Afghani players. It would be more of a contest if all XI players were from Afghanistan.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Positive aspect-----Revival of cricket in Pakistan. Negative ASPECT---------new CONTROVERSY OF Pakistan CAPTAIN.

Posted by haseeb-sedeqi on (October 16, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Best of luck for Shapoor,Shehzad & world XI against Pakistan XI

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

great news!!! also delighted not to see hafeez in the team let alone leading them..hope he is tossed out of the national team's captaincy as well!! AMEEN!!!

Posted by CricketPissek on (October 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

As a Sri Lanka cricket fan with painful memories of the attack, I cannot help by worry about the safety of these players. But also, as a Sri Lankan who lived through 25 years of the civil war, I also appreciate the importance of bringing the game back to this country. I sincerely hope the PAK officials have done all they can to mitigate the risk.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

the look of world 11 makes pakistan look desperate.......

Posted by QaisarJaan on (October 16, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Finally some cricket in Pak

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

FINALLY!!! at least well get to see somebody play in pk

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

only 2 recognized players for world team. only sanath and kemp

Posted by vijju_ruby on (October 16, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Ha ha... Young team vs old team.. No wonders pak will win for sure...

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Great looking forward for it

Posted by SaadRiz on (October 16, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Good Step For Pakistan Cricket

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

No Muhammad Hafeez in Pakistan XI ???

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Such a Joke, Afridi and Sanath Capt???? they both can't play any main 11. is ICC knows about this?

Posted by AzAb12754 on (October 16, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Cricket will never return in Pakistan not even Canada plays a series with them and even a team of their calibre did it won't at all make a difference to the bigger teams playing in Pakistan. Zim or Ban don't even want to tour :D

Posted by Gappistan on (October 16, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

World XI or Senior Citizen XI??

Posted by taslu613 on (October 16, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

This is a good initiative to bring back international cricket to pakistan.Best of luck pakistan and pcb.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (October 16, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

lool Good Luck Pakistan in getting International Cricket back in Pakistan been 3 years and counting now :)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Very good news for world cricket as wel as Pakistan cricket and cricket lovers. Hope international cricket come back to Pakistan soon

Posted by touqeer777 on (October 16, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Good step by Sindh Sports Minister Mohammad Ali Shah.I thank to all the international players who are visiting Pakistan.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 16, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Hope to wish the players well- safely return after quickly finishing the2 day adventure. The cricketing world especially the teams/countries the players represent will be spending a nervous few days and breathe freely only after the safe return. Till then 'best of luck!'

Posted by Rajeshts on (October 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Please do not call this as world XI when you dont have players from India, Australia and England. Doesn't make sense.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

If you are going to play cricket , then get the best players together in order to give the crowd some action for their money .

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

In a bid to revive international cricket in Pakistan, a World XI will play two exhibition Twenty20 matches against a Pakistan Star XI, the Sindh sports minister Dr Mohammad Ali Shah has announced.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

what a poor world XI Seriously when last has some of these players played any form of cricket Ricardo Powell, Adam Sandford even Lawson and who on earth is Steven Taylor from WI (maybe it was a typo mean to be Jerome Taylor) That is no competition for Pak team and other than Jayasuriya and Bosman (maybe Nel) nobody of interest in World Xi

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

good, sad to see no indians in action...

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Lol.. who named this World 11 team ?

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 16, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Hopefully the cricket fans of Pakistan can throng the Karachi National Stadium and enjoy some much needed flavor of international cricket though not too real. As per ICC FTP, Sri Lanka are due to tour Pakistan in December 2013.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

But seriously!! even if this was successful which team would most likely tour Pakistan because no one seems interested?

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

ITS NOT WORLD 11 its lyk half asia 11 + few W.INDIANS

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Apart from a few stars older stars lol Doesn't look like a World 11 to me :)

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