Grant Elliott finds Pakistan safe for global cricket

Grant Elliott finds Pakistan safe for global cricket

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.

Sarfraz Ahmed's men celebrated their homecoming by thrashing the Faf du Plessis-led World XI by 20 runs in the first T20I on Tuesday, September 12.

Younis Khan, former cricketer and leading run-scorer in Tests for Pakistan, said that he will not attend the farewell ceremony.

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.

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad had earlier missed his second Twenty20 global century when he fell for 89.

Du Plessis was the next batsman to head back after the newly-appointed South African captain had scored just 5 runs.

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Left-hander Fakhar Zaman (21) hit Australian seamer Ben Cutting for three boundaries in the second over of the innings but was trapped leg before wicket by West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-31). Hopefully, Pakistan will play Test cricket at home again.

He further added that he is eyeing to make a comeback in the team before the Sri Lankan series of which the last T20 match is scheduled to be held in Lahore. Already a T20 worldwide 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.

While political tensions between the neighbouring countries are being seen as an obvious reason for Indian players not being part of the World XI squad, ICC CEO Dave Richardson shed more light on the issue.

International Cricket Council Chairperson David Richardson agreed that the situation in Pakistan has improved significantly, which is why the council is also involved in these efforts to revive international cricketing activities in the country.

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

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