Pakistan celebrate cricket return with series triumph

The three-match series in now tied at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first match and World XI beat the hosts in the second.

World XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir.

Chasing a daunting target of 184, the World Eleven led by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis could score 150 for eight in the 20 overs to lose the match by 33 runs and also the series.

PCB chairman Najam Sethi, on Wednesday, has confirmed that they will be hosting West Indies in a three-match T20I series at the end of November and welcome Sri Lanka for a lone T20I in Lahore in October. He was run-out after three back-to-back 6s in the 17th over. "I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi said.

"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".

Perera ensured World XI takes the series to the decisive game Friday when he reached victory in style by hoisting left-armer Raees over the long-on boundary.

Pakistan celebrate cricket return with series triumph
Pakistan celebrate cricket return with series triumph

The "lap of honour" is a fresh trend in the world of cricket, allowing audiences to send off their favourite players with a standing ovation. "I think the next step is to grow and improve the capability in cities outside Lahore and build the confidence in teams like Australia and England to visit Pakistan, in fact, all the cricket teams." the ICC chief executive said.

He said: "Pakistan is an unavoidable part of the global cricket community and the Pakistani people are very passionate about the game".

The cricketer even appreciated the hospitality he received in Pakistan.

"We can empathize with Pakistan, because the problems Pakistan is facing in arranging these tours, we face similar circumstances back home", Cameron said.

Cricket ties have also taken a hit as India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since December 2012.

  • Kyle Peterson