Amla excited by Pakistan trip

11 September 2017 23:19:37 GMTPlus10

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla says the World XI players didn't need much convincing to fly to Pakistan for a three-match Twenty20 series.

Former Proteas captain Amla is joined by his successor Faf du Plessis as well as ex-England skipper Paul Collingwood for the three matches over four days.

This series is really important for world cricket.

Hashim Amla

The Twenty20 contests are the first on the international stage to be hosted in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked back in 2009.

Fittingly, Pakistan-born Proteas star Imran Tahir will be among those representing the World XI.

"I don't think Imran needed to do any convincing - for all the players here it's about being part of something bigger and trying to get international cricket back into Pakistan," Amla said.

"This series is really important for world cricket.

"The Pakistan supporters are fantastic. Wherever we have been in the world, whenever we have played them over the past few years, it's felt like a home game for Pakistan, even though it has been played at a neutral venue."

Amla also hopes the World XI will gel against strong white-ball opponents.

"Pakistan are a very good team and obviously being the 50-over Champions Trophy winners, and always a formidable team in Twenty20, it's going to be really exciting," he added.

The World XI squad comprises of Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir and Darren Sammy.

Hosts Pakistan are 2/1 to win the T20 series 3-0 and 1/1 to triumph by a 2-1 margin, with the World XI 11/4 to claim a 2-1 series success.

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