Samuel Badree helps World XI level series against Pakistan


Pakistan Eleven thrashed the World Eleven to clinch the Independence Cup, winning the three-match Twenty20 worldwide series 2-1, here amid tight security at the jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday night.

After the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan won the first Twenty20 global (T20I) match by 20 runs on Tuesday, the World XI came back strong to comfortably grab the second game by seven wickets on Wednesday.

Pakistan won the "finale" against the World XI by 33 runs after the visiting side failed to achieve the target of 184.

Already a T20 global against Sri Lanka has been scheduled, subject to a security clearance and a three match T20 series against West Indies is also in the plans. Two run-outs and three clean dismissals meant they were down and out. "As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly", Irfan said. "We think that we have opened the door for the return of global cricket", Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters. Many members of Pakistan's young cricket-mad population, 60 percent of which is under 25, have not had a chance to watch live cricket at home. 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.

Pacemen Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali removed those two and an unbeaten 24 from Sammy was never going to get the World XI close.

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Flamboyant all-rounder and former captain Shahid Afridi has said that he is always available to serve Pakistan cricket in whatever capacity his services are required.

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

Addressing the media in Lahore, the Pakistan skipper said that they have young team which has the ability to beat any team. This short tour is for something bigger. Ladies and gentlemen, the World XI looks forward to celebrating the resumption of global cricket in Pakistan by playing some competitive cricket and we hope to see some very interesting over the next few days.

On the other hand, World XI can opt for George Bailey, the former Australian limited-overs captain to strenthen the middle order.

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