Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

ICC to allocate cricket event to Pakistan in couple of years

ICC to allocate cricket event to Pakistan in couple of years

"Pakistan Government, its security agencies and the PCB put in tremendous efforts for a collective cause of resumption of global cricket and ICC duly supported and acknowledged these efforts and sent its World XI to the country", he said.

Pakistan had won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before World XI levelled the series with a seven-wicket victory in the second on Wednesday.

Ben Cutting (5) was castled by Hasan Ali (2-28) while Amla was run out as World XI reached 43 for three in the powerplay.

In a must-win game for both sides, Faf du Plessis, the World XI captain, called right and chose to bowl, just like he had in the first T20I, even though they ended up losing that game.

That left the series intriguingly placed with the final match on Friday, also in Lahore.

"The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals", PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.

Backed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the series has been heralded as the return of international cricket.

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Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is hoping this would pave the way for more cricket to be played in Pakistan.

Flower, speaking at a media conference in Lahore on Monday alongside his captain Du Plessis, which was streamed live on Facebook, said they appreciated the "support they have received from the people of Pakistan for their decision to tour Lahore. This series has reduced the suffocation as nearly every Pakistani enjoyed watching the cricket", said Mudassir Hussain, a 22-year old cricket lover.

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.

The cricketer even appreciated the hospitality he received in Pakistan.

In a game that far exceeded its predecessor in electricity, intensity, quality and competitiveness, World XI edged Pakistan in a nerve-wracking contest that went down to the last two balls.

"It's not every day you get an opportunity to play in something that is much more than just about yourself and your own team or your own country", du Plessis said.

Former Australia captain George Bailey is also in line to play his first game in the series and will most probably replace David Miller.

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