The 2017 Independence Cup is a cricket tournament currently taking place in Lahore, Pakistan.It is being contested between a World XI team and Pakistan across three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.South Africa's Faf du Plessis captained the World XI team, with Sarfraz Ahmed leading Pakistan. Ten of the players in the Pakistan squad had not previously played in an international match at home. The World XI side arrived in Lahore a day before the first fixture under high security.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) appointed Richie Richardson as the match referee for the fixtures, the first time the ICC has sent an official to oversee cricket matches in Pakistan since 2009. Aleem Dar, Ahsan Raza, Ahmed Shahab and Shozab Raza were appointed as the on-field umpires. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) introduced the #CricketKiHalalala hashtag for the series.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk) Fakhar Zaman Ahmed Shehzad Babar Azam Shoaib Malik Umar Amin Imad Wasim Shadab Khan Mohammad Nawaz Fahim Ashraf Hasan Ali Aamer Yamin Mohammad Amir Rumman Raees Usman Khan Sohail Khan
Faf du Plessis (c) Hashim Amla Samuel Badree George Bailey Paul Collingwood Ben Cutting Grant Elliott Tamim Iqbal David Miller Morné Morkel Tim Paine (wk) Thisara Perera Imran Tahir Darren Sammy