World XI cricketers arrive at the Gaddafi Stadium in style for first T20I against Pakistan

The star-studded World XI entered the Gaddafi stadium in colourful auto-rickshaws for their historic T20I against Pakistan

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
12th September 2017

article:12th September 2017

The ICC World XI got a rousing reception from a sell-out crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore as they arrived for the first of the historic three-match T20I series against Pakistan.

The much awaited event signals the return of international cricket to Pakistan in a significant way after years of isolation.


There was a celebratory atmosphere in the stadium as fans queued up hours in advance to secure tickets as the Independence Cup got underway under massive security-surveillance.

The 14-man World XI squad led by Faf du Plessis could be seen soaking in the atmosphere as they entered the stadium.

The South African hailed the return of cricket to the South Asian nation.

“It’s not about ourselves, great to see we can play a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan. There are no egos involved,” said du Plessis.

The second and third matches are also in Lahore on Wednesday and Thursday.


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World XI cricketers arrive at the Gaddafi Stadium in style for first T20I against Pakistan

The star-studded World XI entered the Gaddafi stadium in colourful auto-rickshaws for their historic T20I against Pakistan

Australia's Ben Cutting is all smiles as Morne Morkel looks on as the players enter the stadium in their unique transportation

Australia's Ben Cutting is all smiles as Morne Morkel looks on as the players enter the stadium in their unique transportation

Paul Collingwood, David Miller, Tamim Iqbal and Thisara Perera blend in with the celebrations

Paul Collingwood, David Miller, Tamim Iqbal and Thisara Perera blend in with the celebrations

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis takes in the sights ahead of the first T20I

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis takes in the sights ahead of the first T20I

South Africa's Imran Tahir is clearly loving cricket being back in his country of birth

South Africa's Imran Tahir is clearly loving cricket being back in his country of birth

Security guards keep a close eye on proceedings outside the stadium

Security guards keep a close eye on proceedings outside the stadium

Some Pakistan fans brought out the fancy-costumes as they celebrated the return of international cricket

Some Pakistan fans brought out the fancy-costumes as they celebrated the return of international cricket

The match was a sell-out affair as Pakistani fans from all corners of the country came out to support the team

The match was a sell-out affair as Pakistani fans from all corners of the country came out to support the team

Pakistani batsman Babar Azam (R) plays a shot

Pakistani batsman Babar Azam (R) plays a shot

World XI batsman Tamim Iqbal (R) plays a shot as Pakistani captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad looks on

World XI batsman Tamim Iqbal (R) plays a shot as Pakistani captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad looks on

World XI cricketer Imarn Tahir (C) celebrates with teammate Darren Sammy after dismissal of Babar Azam

World XI cricketer Imarn Tahir (C) celebrates with teammate Darren Sammy after dismissal of Babar Azam