Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Pakistan aiming to seal T20I series against World XI

Pakistan aiming to seal T20I series against World XI

Pakistan had piled up 183-4 after they were sent into bat by World Xi skipper Faf du Plessis.

The ongoing three-match T20I series between the hosts and a visiting World XI side at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is being seen as a historic moment in the country's cricket lore.

Both matches of the much-awaited series - which is being hailed as a stepping stone towards the revival of top-level global cricket in Pakistan after a gap of eight years - have remained high-scoring affairs. "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.

Sethi said Sri Lanka had also agreed to play a one-off T20 worldwide in Lahore on October 29, though he was still holding out hope for two matches.

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Irfan, however, expressed sadness at missing the Independence Cup matches against the World XI which would have given him opportunity to play in front of home crowds and on home turf. "It seems like they were missing global cricket", he said. That will deplete the bowling department, which so famously rocked the mighty Indian team at The Oval in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final.

"This reflects a strong cricket heritage, culture and talent in this country. It would have been great to see two-three Indian players in the World XI, but this is the first step towards normality with regard to worldwide cricket in Pakistan", Latif said.

Flamboyant all-rounder and former captain Shahid Afridi has said that he is always available to serve Pakistan cricket in whatever capacity his services are required.

Yousuf, who represented Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs and three T20Is, and scored more than 17 thousand runs combined, also applauded teams' performance in the opening match. This is huge not just for Pakistan but for the entire cricket world. The next two Tests in Lahore and Faisalabad were both (weather affected).

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"My personal bond with guys like Mushtaq Ahmed and Muhammad Akram and my brother's experience with the Pakistani players make it particularly special for me to be here".

The PCB and Cricket West Indies (CWI) had been in talks over the proposed series, but PCB chairman Najam Sethi said the tour had been now finalised and a detailed scheduled would be announced shortly. This has irked several players who criticised the PCB's way of handling things.

"When I sit down with my family some day and we talk about this".

"I am proud to be captain of the World XI, to be bringing global cricket back to Pakistan".

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On the other hand, World XI can opt for George Bailey, the former Australian limited-overs captain to strenthen the middle order.

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