Pak vs World XI 3rd T20I

16 September, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Evan Mason
  • Lahore's Gaddafi stadium gears for international cricket's return as Pakistan hosts World XI

A few days after International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar welcomed the return of international cricket to Pakistan, the apex governing body of cricket has agreed to provide financial assistance to the country in order to resume international match-series on their soil. Thank everyone for the opportunity for coming here.

On Friday, the World XI, chasing a target of 184, never got going as they could manage to score only 150/8 in their 20 overs. The batsman scored just 3 runs and did not help World XI's cause as the visiting side had scored 53 runs for the loss of four wickets.

ICC official said Pakistan has enhanced its capabilities in security in past two years and successfully organised the final of the Pakistan Super League which proved the turning point for bringing back worldwide cricket to Pakistan. Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali finished as the best bowler with figures of 2-28.

Shehzad played blistering innings of 89 runs (55) to put Pakistan in a commanding position.

Babar Azam made a 31-ball 48 with five boundaries and added 102 for the second wicket with Shehzad.

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No top Test playing nation has visited Pakistan due to security concerns since the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team in which at least six Pakistani policemen were killed.

While political tensions between the neighbouring countries are being seen as an obvious reason for Indian players not being part of the World XI squad, ICC CEO Dave Richardson shed more light on the issue.

Afridi was the first to have a round of the stadium and while passing through different enclosures a diehard crowd gave him standing ovation.

Fans have been clamouring for the return of global cricket since March after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League (PSL) and finally, they've got what they want.

Sethi also confirmed that before West Indies make their way to Pakistan, they will host Sri Lanka for a lone T20I in the month of October, but added they are still trying to convince Sri Lanka for two more matches.

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