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From a Statistician's Eye - World XI Squad
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From a Statistician's Eye - World XI Squad

On August 24, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s newly elected chairman Najam Sethi confirmed that a team of 14 players with seven different nationalities will travel to Pakistan to play three T20Is in Lahore as a World XI side under the captaincy of Faf du Plesis.


Previously, the, ICC had compiled a World XI , playing matches with international status in Jan 2005, for the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal to generate funds for a charity carrying out relief efforts for tsunami victims. Later in that year, another World XI played three ODIs and a Test match against the then number 1 ranked and completely dominant team Australia in a concept to challenge them at their home with a team of world’s best players. Former cricketers, writers and statisticians have wholly criticized the status of these matches being ‘international’.


Amid all this, Pakistanis are excited to have international cricket back to their home for only the second time since March 2009. A 16-member Pakistani squad has been assembled to lock horns with the world’s best. Here’s a look at the World XI squad from a statistician’s eye:


Faf du Plesis (South Africa)

Role: Captain, Specialist Batsman

ICC Ranking: 8


Faf du Plesis is set to play his first international match in Pakistan and will captain his side during the three T20Is.


Hashim Amla (South Africa)

Role: Opening Batsman

ICC Ranking: 15


Hashim Amla has played 2 Test matches in Pakistan in October 2007 under the captaincy of Graeme Smith and will be back to the land of the pure for cricketing reasons after nearly 10 years.


Paul Collingwood (England)

Role: Batting All-rounder


Paul Collingwood is among the few members of the World XI squad who has previously toured Pakistan. He travelled with the English team back in 2005, playing two Tests and five ODIs.


Darren Sammy (West Indies)

Role: All-rounder

ICC Ranking: 25


The most successful captain in T20I history has already won a trophy in his only match in Pakistan where he guided Peshawar Zalmi to their maiden PSL title earlier this year.


Imran Tahir (South Africa)

Role: Specialist Bowler

ICC Ranking: 3


The fastest bowler to 50 T20I wickets and the highest-ranked member of the World XI squad, Imran Tahir started his professional cricket in Pakistan. He had already played for Pakistan Under-19s and Pakistan A before he moved to South Africa for better opportunities. He has also captained Lahore Lions in a domestic T20.


Samuel Badree (West Indies)

Role: Specialist Bowler

ICC Ranking: 5


Samuel Badree, internationally recognized as a T20 specialist, will be on his first tour to Pakistan.


George Bailey (Australia)

Role: Middle-order Batsman

ICC Ranking: 84


The smiling Australian George Bailey will be travelling to Pakistan for the first time, as a specialist batsman.


Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)

Role: All-rounder

ICC Ranking: 24


The Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera who has sent a major portion of his T20I career playing against Pakistan will be on his first tour to Pakistan.


Ben Cutting (Australia)

Role: Bowling All-rounder


The out-of-favor Australian all-rounder is still naïve to international cricket but is a prominent name among T20 franchises around the world. He will too be on his first tour to Pakistan.


Grant Elliot (New Zealand)

Role: All-rounder


Grant Elliot, who took New Zealand to their first ever WC final with a six, will be on his first tour to Pakistan.


Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

Role: Opening Batsman

ICC Ranking: 41


Tamim Iqbal toured Pakistan for the first time with the Bangladesh team in 2008. He was part of the Bangladesh team that played in the inaugural T20I in Pakistan and the Asia Cup 2008.


David Miller (South Africa)

Role: Middle-order Batsman

ICC Ranking: 37


David ‘Killer’ Miller will be travelling to Pakistan for the first time. He is among the four South Africans that make up the World XI squad.


Tim Paine (Australia)

Role: Wicket-keeper


Tim Paine has had a sketchy international cricket career but he will part of the World XI squad as a specialist wicket-keeper.


Morne Morkel (South Africa)

Role: Specialist Bowler

ICC Ranking: 100


The last of the four South Africans, Morne Morkel has not enjoyed much success vs Pakistan in T20Is but he will be confident of improving his numbers on his first tour to Pakistan.