West Indies to tour Pakistan for T20 series in November: PCB

by Sophie Craig September 16, 2017, 1:01
West Indies to tour Pakistan for T20 series in November: PCB

Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed, right, receives a trophy from Najam Sethi, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board after beating the World XI in final of Twenty20 global match at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

More importantly, to gain full confidence of the global community, PCB should also take some practical steps to take cricket matches to other cities, mainly in Karachi and Rawalpindi - the two main centres for cricket in Pakistan, after Lahore.

Pakistan defeated World XI by 33 runs in the Third and final Twenty20 worldwide match to seal the Independence Cup series 2-1 here on Friday. Shoaib Malik (17) provided an ideal finish to the innings with two sixes as Pakistan scored 107 runs in the last 10 overs. "We wanted to come here and play a small part in cricket coming back to Pakistan". His 55-ball knock included eight fours and three sixes.

Pakistan is now organising the World XI cricket tour on their land which had recently been backed by the ICC.

Chasing a stiff target of 184, World XI failed to get off to a good start as they lost opener, Tamim Iqbal, early.

"The World XI tour will send out a positive message to the world cricket community that the security situation in Pakistan has improved and is satisfactory", said Richardson.

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Babar Azam made a 31-ball 48 with five boundaries and added 102 for the second wicket with Shehzad.

Both the teams will play the final on Today (Friday).

Meanwhile, former New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott, part of the World XI squad on Pakistan tour, on Friday said that the security arrangement is "amazing" and hoped to see the return of Test cricket to the country.

His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 worldwide had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014.

To the huge cheers of the jam-packed Gaddafi, Pakistan had won the match, but the World XI would leave Pakistan after winning the hearts of all cricket lovers in the country.

He informed that Sri Lanka has also confirmed to play a lone T20 worldwide on October 29 in Lahore.

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