So, World XI isn’t something normal, it makes Pakistani fans excited just listening to it. ”World XI to rescue Pakistan from a tornado of wilderness in cricketing terms”.
Let’s just shrug off some dust from the past. It was a gloomy day of year 2009 and the month I can’t forget because it was my birthday. The 2nd test match between Pakistan and Srilanka was was going on and day 3 was just about to start. Teams were leaving the hotel and suddenly a news flashed my ears that few terrorists just attacked the srilankan team’s us on it’s way to the stadium. I was about 9 years old and my interest in cricket was developing. I can write tons about it but it will divert away from the topic here. So this attack resulted a long drought for international cricket in Pakistan. This drought continued in utmost fashion till Kenya toured Pakistan but that didn’t fix any damage since Kenya doesn’t have any global recognition in cricket world but, credit goes to PCB because they didn’t let their efforts down and convinced a test playing nation Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan in 2015. Even though Pakistan as a cricketing nation kept achieving the glories in the world away from home. As Zimbabwe agreed to tour Pakistan, the response from ICC was pathetic they didn’t show any interest and they didn’t allow any ICC match referee to go to Pakistan or umpires either. After some hiccups its was done with great achievement but this event didn’t inspire the rest of the world to show any interest to Pakistan. PCB later came up with a new plan, PSL. The put out their own brand to get off foreigners interest towards Pakistan and it went off very well in the 2nd edition as it got a bigger final in Lahore which was a big achievement so it just shrugged the shoulders of cricketing world and the ICC was finally awake. Icing on the cake was that Pakistan reaching test summit No 1 spot and after some time Pakistan won ICC champions trophy now we have to call the shots.
As we gone through some history lets come toward the world 11 as Pakistan is on high in cricketing world for their flanboyancy and attitude. Another thing that something just changed the minds of ICC and global cricketing community to show some respect to Pakistan so all the brain storming leads to touring World XI to Pakistan with big names in it. FAF du Plessis as skipper who is current south African captain , AMLA modern-day great , Darren Sammy two timed world T20 champion, Collingwood ex-England skipper . Morne market speedy quick , Imran tahir who have a killer googly, George bailey ex aussie skipper, Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh best ODI batsmen, with Tim pane. Thishara parrera, Ben Cuttings ,Grant Elliot ,Samuel badree and Grant Elliot World Cup 2015 semi final hero. All these cricketing thunder bolts against versatile young Pakistani squad who are in red-hot form all set to test the skills of their opponents. Other than cricket match it is going to be the reason for the slogan of CRICKET COMES HOME and having these cricketing gods in Gaddafi stadium will be a sight to watch all Lahore will be in stadium and rest of Pakistan will be eye shattering the TV sets. I my self-will witness these players on our grounds for the first time and for more than 10 years Pakistanis will see stars come out on the green field of the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
Written By Tayyab Shafiq.