International Cricket is on its way back to Pakistan, a country sidelined by world cricket for nearly a decade for no fault of its own. With the arrival of the international cricketers as World XI, Pakistan Cricket Board is hopeful that things will start moving in the right direction. Who are these brave men who defied the odds and agreed to visit Pakistan and write their names in gold in the history of the game? Let’s find out.
Faf Du Plessis
Biography: The hugely talented Cricketer is the backbone of the South African batting and has often played innings that have not only saved the team from going down but also won matches; when in the mood, he can send the best ball out of the park. As a Captain, he has led his side to numerous wins and might be instrumental in helping the World XI give a tough fight to the ICC Champions Trophy winners.
Role: Opening batsman
Biography: Hashim Amla has achieved it all during his illustrious career; the bearded batsman has scored a triple century in Tests, has more than 50 international tons to his name and remains one of the most influential people for his conduct and calmness.
Role: Middle-order batsman
Biography: Bailey is one of the few modern day cricketers who led their side on debut; he has been part of the Australian ODI side for the last five years and has scored over 3000 runs at an average of 40.
Biography: Paul Collingwood is the only English captain ever to have won a trophy for his country — the ICC World T20 in 2010. He may not have shattered the batting or bowling records for England but he taught them how to win and win big. He is the oldest cricketer in this World XI and also most experienced, considering he made his international debut way back in 2001!
Biography: Although he has retired from the international arena, Grant Elliott remains one of the most likable cricketers in this part of the world. In the inaugural Pakistan Super League, Elliott’s batting and bowling added lustre to the tournament.
Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Role: Opening batsman
Biography: Tamim Iqbal is the most feared modern day opener and with his rise, Bangladesh have become a force to reckon in international cricket. The fearless batsman has crossed 100 on 18 occasions for Bangladesh and at times reminds us of Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya. He is good against fast bowlers as well as spinners and in an era of quick scoring, his shortcut is a six or a four instead of running between the wickets.
Biography: He came, he saw and he conquered – this is how one can describe Thisara Perera’s rise in international cricket. He is one of those cricketers who can hit the ball for a six and take six wickets in an innings as well. Bring on a spinner if you want to see his powerful shots that have helped Sri Lanka win many matches in recent years.
Biography: Darren Sammy may be out-of-favor for the West Indian Cricket Board but Pakistanis consider him as part of their country, especially since he led Peshawar Zalmis to win in the final of the second Pakistan Super League. He has been the role model for Cricketers around the world and his being part of the World XI is a step that every Pakistani welcomes.