Pak vs World XI 3rd T20I

Samuel Badree

Samuel Badree

Sethi said with five South African current players in the World XI side presently in Lahore, the PCB would holds talks with Cricket South Africa to consider sending the full South African team for a short bilateral series sometime next year.

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf hailed the level of competitive cricket played in the first T20I on Monday, where Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit beat World XI by 20 runs in a high-scoring encounter.

With the World XI side having five South African stars - skipper Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel and David Miller - in its fold, there is no questioning that while this is an worldwide effort, to help Pakistan out of its isolation, its roots are firmly entrenched in Southern Africa.

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

David Richardson was of the view that bringing back worldwide cricket to Pakistan was not that easy and PCB worked hard in this regard and held the PSL final in safe manner which broke the ice and changed the perception about Pakistan.

'As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly, ' Irfan said. Most of these players have shown positive attitude towards playing in Pakistan and are excited about being a part of this monumental series.

Star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has accepted the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) offer of a farewell reception which will include a lap of honour at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday, DawnNews reported. However, Dav Cameron while answering a question said that just like the players and security teams who visited Pakistan for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final gave their feedback about the security arrangements to FICA. People are so grateful and thankful they have a team to play against in their own backyard.

"These three T20s between World XI and Pakistan are very important in the context of Pakistan cricket".

The former captain added that it is good to see cricket returning to Pakistan and PCB deserves credit for this.

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.

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