The much-awaited Independence Cup series to be played between Pakistan and the World XI this week has reached fever-pitch with the tourists landing in Lahore on Monday for the match-up.
13 players in the World XI squad had assembled in the UAE to attune themselves to the format and the conditions, having come together from different parts of the world for this series. Massive security obviously greeted them on their arrival but this Faf du Plessis-led side will look to put all of that behind them when they take on Pakistan in the first of three T20Is on September 12.
With Pakistan having played hosts to just five internationals against Zimbabwe in 2015 since a terror attack on the Sri Lankan side in 2009, the expectations from this series are high. And so is the demand for the Pakistan vs World XI match tickets. Most of the lower-priced tickets have been sold off.
The World XI players arrived with heavy air surveillance and cordoning and the same can be expected at their hotels and the stadium where they will playing those three games.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) September 10, 2017
The World XI side will be coached by Andy Flower while the other players in the squad include George Bailey, Tim Paine, Hashim Amla, Grant Elliot and Tamim Iqbal among others. Samuel Badree will be arriving in Lahore later on September 11.
Interestingly, extra security boost will be provided as the government has decided to shut down parts of Lahore close to the stadium, including shops and restaurants. Many security check-points will be in place for the fans as well, who are looking to visit the stadium to watch the game.
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) September 11, 2017
With the security having improved over the last couple of years, anywhere around eight to 10 PSL games could also be hosted in Lahore for in third edition to be played early in 2018.