Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

Danny Woods
September 16, 2017

It was clear in May 2015, when ICC refused to send any umpires for the series played by Zimbabwe in Lahore.

After the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan won the first Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) match by 20 runs on Tuesday, the World XI came back strong to comfortably grab the second game by seven wickets on Wednesday.

Ben Cutting (5) was castled by Hasan Ali (2-28) while Amla was run out as World XI reached 43 for three in the powerplay.

Former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif who was recently in the news for his controversial statements about the former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, in a chat with The Indian Express said that it would have been great if two or three Indian players were part of the World XI.

Already a T20 worldwide against Sri Lanka has been scheduled, subject to a security clearance and a three match T20 series against West Indies is also in the plans.

The Pakistanis, at one stage looked as if they were going to build another big total, similar to the 191 they scored in the first game, however, they were pegged back, despite Shoaib Malik's 39 from 23 deliveries.

Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

A PSL final and the World XI team's visit in the same year are promising signs for Pakistan cricket and something that has already started to serve as a stepping stone towards building the confidence of the global sporting community towards the country. However, once the players got used to the conditions, they came back strong to level the series.

Pakistan cricket Board arranged separate rides for the two star players in "rikshaws" as soon as the Pakistan innings was completed during the match.

"After successful organisation of the Independence Cup, we are really hopeful that we will be able to revive worldwide cricket in the country", said Sethi. This time, ICC not only supported the tour but also gave funds for the visit of security experts to Lahore. It is understood that the arrangements made for the World XI tour were made independently by the ICC and FICA's consent is necessary when bilateral series are being played.

The charged crowd repeated chanted slogans in recognition of their meritorious services for the Pakistan cricket.

The former captain added that it is good to see cricket returning to Pakistan and PCB deserves credit for this.

According to data available with Dispatch News Desk (DND) News Agency, over 10,000 girls and boys are watching today's World XI T20 Final.

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