Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup

Lahore's Gaddafi stadium gears for international cricket's return as Pakistan hosts World XI

The series is aimed at reviving worldwide cricket in Pakistan, suspended since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

Pakistan celebrated the return of worldwide cricket with a thumping 33-run win to clinch the final Twenty20 match and the series against a World XI team at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium Friday.

While the Punjab Government is providing "Presidential level security" for the week-long World XI series in Lahore, Sethi expressed his desire to host a few games in the other cities too, notably Karachi.

Update: Pakistan defeat World XI by 33 runs to clinch the Independence Cup. Most of these players have shown positive attitude towards playing in Pakistan and are excited about being a part of this monumental series.

Report, 2nd T20I: Hashim Amla smashed a half century and Thisara Perera provided an excellent finish with a 19-ball 47 as World XI defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 worldwide on Wednesday.

Pakistan will now play the series-decider third and final T-20 clash against World XI at the same venue tomorrow.

On Friday, the World XI, chasing a target of 184, never got going as they could manage to score only 150/8 in their 20 overs. Azam, dropped on 22 by South African Imran Tahir at fine leg, also missed his second half century of the series when he holed out after scoring 48 off 31 balls with five boundaries.

Lahore's Gaddafi stadium gears for international cricket's return as Pakistan hosts World XI
Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup

The PCB is now trying to build on this series and scheduling worldwide matches in Pakistan. His 55-ball knock included eight fours and three sixes.

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

However, Sutherland remained doubtful about the possibility of Australia visiting Pakistan in October 2018 when the two teams are slated to face each other.

World XI: 1. Hashim Amla, 2.

The ICC chief acknowledged cricket board's efforts in revival of the worldwide cricket in Pakistan.

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

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