Always available to serve cricket in Pakistan, says Afridi

Reuters

The ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson feels that World XI's tour to Pakistan escorts a new start for worldwide cricket to come back to the country.

Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before the World XI fought back with a seven-wicket victory on Wednesday to set up Friday's decider.

The World XI lost Tamim Iqbal (14) and Ben Cutting (5) early on and Hashim Amla (21) was run out after a mix up with Proteas' skipper Faf du Plessis.

The third and final T20 between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on September 15, 2017.

The World XI crumbled against Pakistan's superb ground fielding with three batsmen getting run outs before it was restricted at 150/8. One of the reasons why many South Africans are in this team is because they haven't been playing recently.

He added that if Pakistan Super League matches are played in Pakistan it would increase the confidence and trust of the global cricket community that security situation is safe in Pakistan.

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Najam Sethi expressed his gratitude to the ICC for lending hand for the resumption of global cricket to Pakistan by sending its World XI.

Irfan was initially suspended for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

He also said: "From a political point of view, obviously, if an Indian player would have been a part of this tour you can imagine the level of attention he would have attracted and the pressures it would have brought from the security point of view". "The door is open and I am sure in the next two-three years bigger teams like India, Australia and England will also tour us".

"I have always spoken for this trend, those who have served Pakistan cricket should be given a proper and memorable send-off", said the former captain.

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

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. "But I am confident that we can give tough competition to the World XI", he added.

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