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Thisara Perera is excited to be part of the World XI squad for T20I series in Pakistan

"It is a big achievement to be selected," said Perera.

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Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The excitement and curiosity levels have certainly reached its final stages as the Independence Cup involving the World XI and the Pakistan national team is fast approaching. All the players part of the T20 series and the millions of cricket fans in the country are waiting for the comeback of international cricket in the lovely country of Pakistan. Sri Lanka’s veteran all-rounder Thisara Perera, who is a part of the World XI squad is very excited to be touring Pakistan for the three-match T20I series.

The historical event is scheduled to start with the 1st match on September 12, at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also ensured that they will be providing a President level of security to the players and all the fans are hoping for it to be a success. The World XI side will be led by the Proteas Test captain Faf du Plessis with Andy Flower as the coach. Perera expressed his excitement to be a part of the historic series and described it as a lifetime opportunity.

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“I was approached by World XI coach (Andy Flower) during the NatWest Blast (T-20 in England) and I was really excited and happy. This is the best opportunity for me to play in the World XI and therefore I want to grab it with both hands. I am proud to be the only player representing my country in the World XI. It is a big achievement to be selected,” said Perera, as quoted by the Dawn.

Consulted my family and teamates

The Pakistani crowds have not witnessed a single international match, since the 2009 Lahore attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus, except a short series against Zimbabwe. All the major cricket playing nations had decided against playing in Pakistan due to some major security concerns. However, with this development, Perera feels playing in the subcontinental nation is secure now and also stated that he consulted his family and Lanka teammates about the trip.

“Initially, my family was a bit scared but I told them that Pakistan is an Asian neighbouring country and we have to help them and stand behind them in their difficult times. Yes, I did consult a few members of the 2009 Sri Lankan team which had toured Pakistan and believe me, no one discouraged me. Not a single player advised me to avoid this tour,” said the big-hitting all-rounder.

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