PCB gets a breakthrough in terms of attracting global cricket to Pakistan

Oscar Cross
September 16, 2017

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.

Pakistan had won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday in Lahore.

Pakistan celebrated the return of worldwide cricket with a thumping 33-run win to clinch the final Twenty20 match and the series against a World XI team at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium Friday.

According to the media report, the World XI players have been provided head-of-state-like security for the ongoing series in Pakistan. In reply, World XI only managed to score 150 runs. "We wanted to come here and play a small part in cricket coming back to Pakistan".

With the series poised 1-1, Pakistan and the World XI are embroiled in a gripping battle for victory.

Shehzad (89) tried to sneak a bye but his exhaustion got the better of him and he was run out by keeper George Bailey leaving Pakistan 163 for 2.

Left-hander Fakhar Zaman (21) hit Australian seamer Ben Cutting for three boundaries in the second over of the innings but was trapped leg before wicket by West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-31).

Batting for World XI, only Thisara Perera, with a 13-ball 32 including three sixes and two fours, and David Miller, who hit a 29-ball 32, made significant contributions.

Paul Collingwood says he feels like a "kid at Christmas" to be playing worldwide cricket again and has praised the level of security for the World XI players on their brief trip to Pakistan.

Both teams have secured a single victory in the three-match Twenty20 (T20) series, while the event today is of enormous significance as the winning team of the event would clinch the series trophy.

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.

The PCB is now trying to build on this series and scheduling global matches in Pakistan. We know the security plans being enforced for the World XI matches are causing some inconvenience to the people.

He said Pakistan is "safe for worldwide cricket". "It will be good for the children to see their heroes play", said the former New Zealand all-rounder.

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