MUMBAI: West Indies’ Darren Sammy is emerged as a strong candidate to lead the World XI to play against Pakistan in Pakistan next month, it is learnt here.

According to media, the ICC has “almost cleared” the three T-20 matches either in Lahore or both in Lahore and Karachi. Now only the security clearance from the FICA (world body overseeing the players’ interest) is awaited.

“Sammy has won the World T-20 tournament twice and is a strong contender for the captaincy”, one of the newsman said.