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The return of global players on Pakistan's soil

The return of global players on Pakistan's soil

IBTimes India has compiled a few reactions of the World XI players on the historic series. He played in the 2008 Asia Cup and was part of the Pakistan squad when Zimbabwe toured the country in 2015. "It has been a long and tough journey as the PCB, Pakistan players and fans have been starved of the opportunity to stage, play and watch International Cricket in their own country", said Manohar in a statement.

The streets of Lahore were swathed in posters of the visiting players and advertisements for the matches. The shops and restaurants around the stadium will be closed as well.

To a query regarding any security issue the visitors have faced, Imran said: "There is absolutely no problem here".

Cricket board spokesman Amjad Bhatti said an estimated 90 percent of tickets had been sold.

He said he has encouraged most of South African players to visit Pakistan and play there.

Security has dramatically improved in Pakistan in recent years, but militant groups retain the ability to carry out spectacular attacks and officials are taking no chances.

"If the PSL final had not been played here, I don't know how easy this would have been", Clarke said.

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The Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 global will be played on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. "Credit goes to all who struggled very hard for this cause and at last, they have succeeded in resuming global cricket in the country".

But he said events such as the final of the popular Pakistan Super League in Lahore earlier this year had made the World XI tour possible. Our ranking is quite high (No. 3) and we want to maintain it so the series is equally important.

"I am not anxious about these security checkpoints, I am more excited that on Tuesday doors of global cricket will be opened in Pakistan", said Mohammad Abdullah, a college student.

Sri Lanka are set to make a hugely symbolic return to Lahore as part of a full series against Pakistan in October.

He added: "It's exciting to be playing cricket in Pakistan and also making a difference and playing a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan".

The live broadcast of the first T20I between Pakistan and World XI match will start at 07:30 PM IST (14:00 GMT). A fourteenth player, Samuel Badree of the West Indies, arrived later on Monday.

The World XI landed amidst heavy security that consisted of air surveillance and police vehicles to take the team to their hotel.