Shehzad lifts Pakistan to series win

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

Pakistan has hosted only one worldwide series since terrorists attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan national cricket team.

Pakistan won the first match of the series after they scored a massive 197 for 5 and won by 20 runs.

The World XI team that came to Pakistan comprised five players from South Africa, three from Australia, two from New Zealand and one each from England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Grant even conveyed his feelings that he is hopeful that Pakistan will soon be able to play Test cricket on its home soil.

"The wait is over now and global cricket is here", he said.

Shehzad played blistering innings of 89 runs (55) to put Pakistan in a commanding position.

While in the second match, Thisara Perera hit a towering six off the penultimate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pakistan on Wednesday.

With the series poised 1-1, Pakistan and the World XI are embroiled in a gripping battle for victory. The two added 102 runs for the second wicket after Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman for 27.

"The ICC has already agreed to invest in security and improving the security capabilities for a three-year period", said Richardson, further adding that he would like to see other countries sending their teams to Pakistan.

(Web Desk) - David Richardson, International Cricket Council Chief Executive Officer has said on Friday (September 15) that India could not forced to play a bilateral series, crictracker reported. The visit of World XI has paved way for global cricket to Pakistan and apart from the visit of other foreign teams the World XI will also undertake visits of Pakistan in the successive years 2018 and 2019, he told media here.

Sri Lankan seamer Perera was the pick of World XI's bowlers with 2-37 in his four overs.

To the huge cheers of the jam-packed Gaddafi, Pakistan had won the match, but the World XI would leave Pakistan after winning the hearts of all cricket lovers in the country.

Pakistan hopes the successful staging of this series will help them host Sri Lanka for a Twenty20 global on October 29, at the end of their full series in the United Arab Emirates.

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