DSport, the sports TV channel launched by Discovery Communications India, has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights of the upcoming ICC World XI Tour of Pakistan. The ICC World XI will play three day and night T20 matches with reigning Champions Trophy winners Pakistan at Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium on September 12, 13 and September 15, 2017.
The ICC World XI led by South African captain Faf du Plessis comprises players from seven test playing countries. Former Zimbabwe star player Andy Flower has been named as the manager of the team.
Karan Bajaj, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, South Asia, Discovery Communications India, said, “This is the first cricket property acquired by DSport and is indicative of our appetite to offer world class action across categories for the sports fans in India. This unique series, with some of the world’s best players taking on the might of Pakistan, is sure to capture the attention of die-hard cricket fans in India.”
The squad playing in the tournament includes Faf du Plessis (captain), HashimAmla, David Miller, MorneMorkel, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy (WI), George Bailey, Tim Paine, Ben Cutting (Australia), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Paul Collingwood (England) and Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh).
From Pakistan, the players include Sarfaraz Ahmad (C and WK), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Amir Yamin, Muhammad Amir, RummanRaees, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan.