Two Afghan cricket players will play in the World XI team under the captaincy of former Sri Lanker skipper Sanath Jayasuriya on October 20 against Pakistan XI.
Afghan pace bowler Shahpoor Zadran and top Afghan batsman Mohammad Shahzad were selected for the World XI squad which includes former and active cricket players from Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa.
The teams will play two exhibition Twenty20 matches in the National Stadium of Karachi, Pakistan’s Sindh state sports Minister Mohammad Ali Shah said Wednesday.
Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan XI against the World XI.
As the security is a major concern in Pakistan, more than 5,000 policemen will be on duty for the October 20-21 matches.
“Around 5,000 policemen will be employed to avoid any lapse and we are sure that these arrangements will put the players at ease. All the players are excited at the prospect of visiting Pakistan,” Shad said, adding that he has been working for this moment for the last 12 months.
The last international match in Pakistan was cancelled in 2009 after several insurgents ambushed the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver and wounding five of the visiting players. No test team has toured Pakistan since then.
S Jayasuriya, R Powell, S Taylor, J Charles, A Sanford, J Kemp, L Bosman, M Tschabalala, A Nel, A Seymore, M Hayword, S Zadran, M Shehzad Mohammadi.
S Afridi, Y Khan, N Jamshed, A Shafiq, S Hasan, K Latif, U Akmal, F Alam, S Malik, U Gul, M Sami, W Riaz, S Ahmed, F Iqbal, A Ali, I Nazir, T Ahmed, R Raja, F Ahmed, A Hussain.