Shahid Afridi will lead Pakistan XI while Sanath Jayasuriya will captain World XI. -File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan’s All Stars XI will take on World XI in two Twenty20 matches at the National Stadium under lights here on Oct 20-21, chief organiser Dr Mohammad Ali Shah announced on Friday.

Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya will lead World XI while Shahid Afridi will lead Pakistan XI.

“We have finalised all the arrangements to hold these matches in a befitting manner under tight security,” said Dr Shah.

The teams will be lodged at the Sheraton hotel and will have practice session at Karachi Gymkhana Ground on Oct 19.

Earlier, presiding over a high level organising committee meeting on Thursday evening, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad expressed hope that successful staging of these matches will open the door for return of international cricket to Pakistan.

He regretted that due to the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, no foreign team has toured Pakistan.

Praising Dr Shah’s eforts, Ebad said: “We will provide foolproof security to the visiting team.”

Squads: World XI: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Ricardo Powell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Charles Lawson, Adam Sanford (West Indies), Justin Kemp, Lungile Bosman, Mthandeki Tschabalala, Andre Nel, Andre Johann Seymore, M.Hayword (South Africa), Shapoor Zadran and Mohammad Shehzad Mohammadi (Afghanistan).

Officials: Alvin Kallicharan (coach), Shoaib Mohammad (assistant coach) and Jeff Millar (manager).

Pakistan XI: Shahid Afridi (captain), Younis Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan, Khalid Latif, Umer Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Umer Gul, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Faisal Iqbal, Anwar Ali and Imran Nazir.

Reserves: Tanvir Ahmed, Rameez Raja, Faraz Ahmed Khan and Azam Hussain.—APP

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October 13, 2012 3:50 pm
Name of pakistan XI seems to be fine but I find Abdul Razzaq's name missing who has proved himself time and again that he is all rounder and an asset to the team. hk
Ali Vaqar Awan
October 14, 2012 7:31 am
Good effort by Mohammad Ali Shah to organize this match and attempt to convince foriegn teams to visit Pakistan. If this match goes incident free then some of the foriegn teams might visit Pakistan if not know then near future. It is security that has lot to be worked on. World XI match is litmus test for Pakistan wether its safe country to host international events or not. My prayers are that all goes well and international matches return to Pakistan. PCB aslo has to make big efforts to convince other nations to visit Pakistan.
afzal khan
October 13, 2012 8:01 pm
It is a good news Pakistani government has to provide them security so the other teams fallow this example and come to Pakistan and play cricket. N0 issue is to provide the gusts the security if they screwed up this time then there is no more chances for Pakistan cricket to play any where any more.Good luck on Oct 19Th.
Mr-rao Axman
October 13, 2012 8:17 pm
its a very good news for our country Pakistan .........International Circket back in Pakistan
October 14, 2012 12:10 am
Hope this will provide Shahid Afridi a chance to play his game and return form.
October 14, 2012 2:35 am
Is this event endorsed by PCB? I know it is not by ICC. At least there are some people in and out of Pakistan who are serious in bringing the world cricket to Pakistan. Hoping and praying that it goes smooth.
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