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Told teammates positive things about Pakistan, says Imran Tahir

12 September 2017

Pakistan's most respected and distinguished cricket umpire Aleem Dar on Monday said that standing in his first T20 global at home is going to be a memorable feeling as he has never supervised a T20 match in his own country. However, other team sources claimed Monday that Aamir may skip the series in Lahore since he suffered a back strain while playing his last match for Essex.

South Africa's captain, Faf du Plessis, said that this historic tour presents a rare opportunity for the players to be part of something bigger than just cricket.

With the ICC World XI reaching Pakistan to play three T20s in Lahore, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram is elated.

As focus shifts back to cricket, Sarfraz's men would want to put up a good show in front of the home crowd.

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Eight years ago Pakistan lost global cricket in Lahore, after eight years Pakistan will regain worldwide cricket from the same city. It is a series being celebrated around the country as the future of Pakistan as viable host hinges on the success of the series, which has been ratified by the ICC and holds T20 worldwide status.

Radio Pakistan and FM 106.2 also broadcast Pakistan vs World XI First T20 match live.

The World XI squad comprising 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations landed in Lahore early Monday morning amid massive security, with Pakistan hoping the tour will end years of worldwide isolation.

Sohail Khan, who had already joined the squad as cover, will replace Amir.

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With Mohammad Amir missing the opening match, Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali will be Sarfraz's go-to bowlers. We will be part of something special.

The World XI - made up also of 13 others players from New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies, Australia - is the first major cricket team to tour Pakistan in eight years. Sri Lanka have confirmed that they will be playing one of the three T20Is scheduled with Pakistan in the UAE later this month at the Lahore venue instead.

The World XI team arrived in Pakistan today and were transported in a bomb-proof bus.

Shahid Afridi, who is known to have a good relationship with some Indian cricketers also tweeted in their favour. Of course, the 1998 Test in Peshawar stands out for me because we won it and that helped us win our maiden Test series.

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Speaking about his early days in Pakistan cricket, Imran said: "When I was trying to get a place in Pakistan team, there was very tough competition, so I moved to South Africa to play domestic cricket there and things have worked out well since".

Told teammates positive things about Pakistan, says Imran Tahir