Pakistan aiming to seal T20I series against World XI

Lawrence Cooper
September 16, 2017

The hosting of the short series is a major step towards convincing global teams to begin touring Pakistan again, with Sri Lanka already due to play a Twenty20 match in Lahore on October 29.

The third match of the most expected series between the Pakistan vs World XI is all set to held in Lahore today on Friday, September 15.

South African stroke-maker Hashim Amla spearheaded the visitors' run chase with an unbeaten 72 off 55 deliveries while Sri Lankan Thisara Perera struck a scintillating 47 not out off just 19 balls. He said this during a joint press conference with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, reported Dunya News. "Now, overseeing these matches, their report will determine how FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations) and our players' association would decide on West Indies team's proposed tour to Pakistan", he said.

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

"In this background, Pakistan reaching number one in the ICC Test rankings and winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is an fantastic effort". Ladies and gentlemen, the World XI looks forward to celebrating the resumption of worldwide cricket in Pakistan by playing some competitive cricket and we hope to see some very interesting over the next few days. Cameron appreciated PCB's efforts in reviving cricket in Pakistan. He was run-out after three back-to-back 6s in the 17th over.

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Both the teams have won one match each. 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 next two Tests in Lahore and Faisalabad were both (weather affected). "Hospitality has been great and security has been first-class", he said. "As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly", Irfan said.

"You do think about that sort of thing (the insecurity), but as soon as we spoke to the people who were in control of the security... as a player all you want was that peace of mind and they gave it to us".

"We were talking about it and saying this needs to happen every year", he said. It's something I would be glad to have been a part of.

In the second T20I between the ICC World XI and Pakistan, the mixture of players from the different country had a win over the host nation by seven wickets.

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.

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