The first Twenty20 International of the three-match Independence Cup between Pakistan and World XI will be played today at the Gaddafi Stadium. The match is scheduled to be started on 8 PM (BDT). [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আজ মাঠে নামছে তামিমের বিশ্ব একাদশ]
Pakistan are aiming to bring the international cricket back to the country with the three-match series. No international side other than Zimbabwe has visited Pakistan since the attack on Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009 in Lahore that left eight people dead.
The World XI have a mighty batting line-up, also bragging of three pace-bowling all-rounders in Collingwood, Cutting, and Sammy while Morne Morkel is the only specialist pacer in their line-up. The spin department features two full-time spinners, Samuel Badree and Imran Tahir.
Meanwhile, the hosts also have a balanced side having three spin-bowling all-rounders in Malik, Imad, and Shadab who are definitely enough to catch the visitors in a maze.
Pakistan also have a balanced batting unit. Their batting line-up includes talented youngsters like Fakhar Zaman, Umar Amin and Babar Azam and experienced campaigners like Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, and Sarfraz Ahmed himself.
Likely XI for World XI: Hashim Amla, Tamim Iqbal, Faf du Plessis (c), George Bailey, David Miller, Paul Collingwood, Tim Paine (wk), Ben Cutting, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel.
Likely XI for Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com.