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After winning the Champions Trophy earlier this year, Pakistan will face a star-studded World XI team for the first of three T20 matches at the Gaddafi Stadium tonight, in a history-making event which sees the return of high-profile international cricket to the country after a wait of eight years.

The World XI, led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis, reached Lahore on Monday morning amid tight security, with West Indian spinner Samuel Badree joining the team earlier today and completing the stellar line-up of 14 players from seven Test-playing countries.

The other notable players of the World XI are South Africa great Hashim Amla, West Indies? twice-T20 World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, former England captain Paul Collingwood, New Zealand?s Grant Elliott and George Bailey from Australia.

The historic series will be closely monitored by other cricket boards and Pakistan expects it will pave the way for the country to host Sri Lanka and West Indies later this year.

157788_5775262_updates.JPGMounted police officers patrol in front of Gaddafi Cricket Stadium ahead of the World XI cricket series in Lahore, Pakistan - Reuters  
157788_3304873_updates.jpgMughal era costumed guards of walled city Lahore Authority will welcome the team in independence Cup 2017 match - Geo News
157788_3279233_updates.jpgFans dress up for Pakistan's match against World XI - Geo News 
157788_8627374_updates.jpgPakistani army soldiers patrol at the main entrance of the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 12, 2017. The World XI will play their first Twenty20 international match against Pakistan in Lahore on September 12 - AFP 


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