Amla, Miller, Bailey Excited To Play Against Pakistan in Lahore

Players look forward to the Pakistan vs World XI matches being played in Lahore this week.

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After playing most of their home games in the United Arab Emirates due to security concerns over the last eight years, Pakistan finally welcome international cricket this week, hosting a 3 match T20 series against a World XI in Lahore.

Barring a short visit by Zimbabwe two years ago, Pakistan has been starved of international cricket since 2009 when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lankan players in Lahore, wounding six players and killing six security staff and two civilians.

South Africa's Faf du Plessis is captaining the World XI and is one of five South Africans named in a 14-man squad released by the ICC.

The squad includes representatives from seven nations for the games, which will have international status, in Lahore on Sept 12, 13 and 15.

Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel, David Miller and Imran Tahir are the other South Africans.

Three Australians -- George Bailey, Ben Cutting and Tim Paine -- have been selected alongside two West Indians and one player each from England, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower is the coach of the squad.

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