The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World XI team has arrived in Lahore and Pakistanis have showered our guests with immense love! The players arrived today, on Monday 11th September, at Allama Iqbal International Airport.
The team was welcomed by Najam Sethi personally at the airport before they were escorted to their hotel. It is also expected that West Indies’ Samuel Badree will join the players later on today.
— Hamadullah Sohu (@hsohu) September 10, 2017
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017
Andy Flower, the coach of World XI, said he was looking forward to a good series against Pakistan.
“It’s great to be here; we’re looking forward to seeing a lot of you watching the great cricket we put on the show, We’ve had a warm welcome. Thank you very much”- Andy Flower
— Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) September 10, 2017
— ZEE🏏⚽ (@Wbyuth) September 11, 2017
The Independence Cup is a series of 3 T-20 matches. It is a historic part of Pakistan’s history as international cricket is coming back home after almost 2 years, Zimbabwe had visited Pakistan in 2015!
Some 8,000 police and paramilitary forces will guard teams as they travel back and forth from Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. While on the other hand, roads and shops will be closed around the 27,000-capacity venue, while spectators will have to pass through multiple security checkpoints.