Pakistan thrash World XI to clinch Independence Cup


Ahmed Shehzad scored a blistering 89 run knock as Pakistan completed 33 run victory in the third Twenty20 worldwide against World XI in Lahore to wrap up the series 2-1.

Earlier, World XI skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan in the third & final T20 being held at Gaddafi stadium here on Friday.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

New Zealand's Grant Elliott, who is now in Pakistan to play the T20 series for World XI, said he found security in the Asian nation as "amazing".

Pakistan were boosted by the return of Hasan Ali, who didn't play on Wednesday because of a back niggle.

Collingwood is the only English player in the World XI for a series that represents a major step on the road to worldwide cricket returning to Pakistan.

"This clearly demonstrates the unity within the cricket family as well as the cricket fraternity's long-standing resolve to help one of its key members which has been unable to host global cricket since 2009 for no fault of its own. For a lot of guys who don't play a lot of global cricket these days, this was terrific competition against a strong Pakistan side".

"After successful organisation of the Independence Cup, we are really hopeful that we will be able to revive global cricket in the country", said Sethi.

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

Amla was the notable difference for World XI. Once the team entered the stadium, people gave them a standing ovation. This short tour is for something bigger.

The cricketer even appreciated the hospitality he received in Pakistan. World cricket's governing body wants worldwide teams back in Pakistan after an eight-year absence due to security concerns but cautioned that it could be a "long process".

Zimbabwe had toured Pakistan amid heavy security back in 2015, and Lahore has been converted into a fortress for the ongoing Independence Cup which is now levelled at 1-1 with one more game left.

Cricket ties have also taken a hit as India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since December 2012.