Pakistan thrash World XI to clinch Independence Cup

Pakistan thrash World XI to clinch Independence Cup

Pakistan thrash World XI to clinch Independence Cup

Sethi said with five South African current players in the World XI side presently in Lahore, the PCB would holds talks with Cricket South Africa to consider sending the full South African team for a short bilateral series sometime next year.

Former Pakistan captains, Misbah ul Haq and Shahid Afridi were given standing ovation by a full house for their illustrious services for Pakistan cricket during the third and the last T20 worldwide match of the independence Cup here on Friday night.

Report, 2nd T20I: Hashim Amla smashed a half century and Thisara Perera provided an excellent finish with a 19-ball 47 as World XI defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 worldwide on Wednesday. This time, ICC not only supported the tour but also gave funds for the visit of security experts to Lahore. However, Lahore looks highly festive ahead of the match as the administration is decorating the routes with lights and posters carrying pictures of worldwide players. He said that the passionate people of Pakistan deserve to watch cricket at their own grounds.

"In this background, Pakistan reaching number one in the ICC Test rankings and winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is an incredible effort. It will be good for the children to see their heroes play", he hoped.

"We hope the worldwide stars will return home with happy memories over their trip to Lahore and at the same time will leave behind a legacy of co-operation that will help Pakistan build its cricket future". He was run-out after three back-to-back 6s in the 17th over.

"Dave has said that, InshaAllah, he will bring the West Indies team to Pakistan for a three-match tour late November", he explained.

The series stands level at 1-1. The next two Tests in Lahore and Faisalabad were both (weather affected). Due to the aggressive bating of Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan has made the winning score.

On the very next ball, Hashim Amla was victim to the huge mix-up between him and du Plessis. "As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly", Irfan said. This has irked several players who criticised the PCB's way of handling things. It's something I would be glad to have been a part of.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis hailed the series as a big step and success.

They made two changes, with former Australian captain George Bailey getting his first game of the tour, while crowd favourite Darren Sammy also returned after sitting out of the second game.

Sri Lanka, whose cricketers were attacked in that terrorist attack in 2009, have already agreed to make the trip and play in Pakistan in November this year.

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