LAHORE: The first Twenty20 International of the three-match Independence Cup between Pakistan and World XI will be played here at the Gaddafi Stadium today.
After a gap of eight years, top international cricketers are touring Pakistan in the form of World XI squad.
The World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations landed in Lahore early Monday amid massive security, with Pakistan hoping the tour will end years of international isolation.
Pakistan has not hosted top-level international cricket — barring five limited over matches against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 — since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.
The World XI, which will play three Twenty20 internationals from Tuesday, arrived around 2:00am Pakistan time (2100 GMT) with air surveillance and dozens of police vans in attendance as the team was whisked to their hotel.
Both the hotel and stadium will be cordoned off with 9,000 police and paramilitary staff deployed during the next five days.
The World XI is led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis and coached by former Zimbabwe batsman and ex-England coach Andy Flower.