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The FC College student body had planned peaceful protests for Monday as well

Collingwood hoped that the World XI team will bounce back in the second match against Pakistan to level the series.

In March, calls for the return of worldwide cricket picked up steam after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high-profile foreign players such as West Indies World Cup victor Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.

The series has been billed as a precursor to worldwide cricket's return to Pakistan.

Global players also known as World XI team has already arrived in the Stadium and was welcomed by people with a standing ovation.

Most of the fans were decked out in the green and white of Pakistan, which has played all of its major home matches in the United Arab Emirates for the past eight years. World XI had a score of 39 for naught in the first five overs but the final over of the powerplay from Rumman Raees (2-37) changed the complexion of the game as he accounted for both the openers in a span of five deliveries.

"These might be baby steps before some giant steps are taken".

Du Plessis can certainly feel this excitement and is thrilled to be playing a part in re-shaping the cricket landscape in Pakistan.

Sarfraz accepted that the occasion was overwhelming for the players, but they are now thinking of building on the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 success. But the large security presence did little to temper the enthusiasm of fans in the cricket-mad country.

Apart from Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir are the other South African players who will be representing the World XI. We have got a very long batting lineup.

Due to security concerns Test nations refused to travel to Pakistan and the national team was forced to fulfill its worldwide commitments in the United Arab Republic where games were played before sparse crowds much to the chagrin of the players and fans of this cricket-mad country.

"I am positive that this series will serve to open the doors of worldwide cricket in Pakistan", said PCB chairman Najam Sethi.

Both federal and Punjab provincial government have promised foolproof security for the World XI.

The security was foolproof not only on the premises of the stadium but also from the set points, where the spectators have to park their vehicles and have a shuttle service to enter the venue.

However, Pakistan Cricket Board earlier this year in March successfully conducted the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL T20) in Lahore.

Man of the Match Babar Azam left the pitch with 86 runs under his belt. "I thought this was a great opportunity for me when the coach (Andy Flower) phoned me and said he'd like me to captain this side", Du Plessis said.

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