Pakistan beats World XI in final T20, anticipates return of global cricket

Sep 16, 2017, 00:51
Pakistan beats World XI in final T20, anticipates return of global cricket

Pakistan coasted to a comfortable 33-run victory against a World XI in their decisive Twenty20 global on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf hailed the level of competitive cricket played in the first T20I on Monday, where Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit beat World XI by 20 runs in a high-scoring encounter.

Pakistan had piled up 183-4 after they were sent into bat by World Xi skipper Faf du Plessis.

The star-studded World XI are in chase of a 184-run total in the series decider of the Independence Cup being played at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

Yousuf, who represented Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs and three T20Is, and scored more than 17 thousand runs combined, also applauded teams' performance in the opening match.

The officials of ICC made it clear that the revival of the global cricket in Pakistan will take some time because the tours by ICC member nations would all be linked to the usual security condition in the country.

In an illustrious carreer, Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 98 T20Is, scoring 1716k, 8064 and 1405 with the help of 11 global hundreds.

"These cricketers are here to play their part in the safe and steady return for global cricket in Pakistan so that the enthusiastic and die-hard fans and followers of Pakistan cricket can once again start to watch their stars and their heroes in their own backyard".

Najam Sethi expressed his gratitude to the ICC for lending hand for the resumption of global cricket to Pakistan by sending its World XI. "But I am confident that we can give tough competition to the World XI", he added.

Gracious in defeat, Du Plessis praised the Pakistan team and said he would welcome more opportunities to tour the country.

During the innings break the Pakistan Cricket Board arranged a lap of honour for retired greats Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq. World cricket's governing body wants worldwide teams back in Pakistan after an eight-year absence due to security concerns but cautioned that it could be a "long process". For the live streaming, cricket lovers in Pakistan can visit the official website of #ptv sports. He said that the passionate people of Pakistan deserve to watch cricket at their own grounds.

Ben Cutting and Amla both fell in Ali's first over before former Australia captain George Bailey and Du Plessis also departed.

He informed that Sri Lanka has also confirmed to play a lone T20 worldwide on October 29 in Lahore.