Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs; win Independence Cup 2-1

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

Pakistan had won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before World XI levelled the series with a seven-wicket victory in the second on Wednesday.

WORLD XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy.

The hosting of the short series is a major step towards convincing global teams to begin touring Pakistan again, with Sri Lanka already due to play a Twenty20 match in Lahore on Oct 29.

Yousuf, who represented Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs and three T20Is, and scored more than 17 thousand runs combined, also applauded teams' performance in the opening match.

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Pakistan is once again hosting worldwide cricket, and fans in the cricket-crazy country seem to be loving it.

Backed by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the series has been heralded as the return of international cricket.

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

In the event of teams refusing to play in Pakistan, the ICC will look into sending another World XI team.

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It's worth noting that, early this year, when there was a suggestion from some quarters that Afridi be given a farewell match to end his global career, the PCB officials, including current chairman Najam Sethi, opposed and ridiculed the idea.

Pakistan has shown the cricketing arena that safety is not an issue anymore when it hosted the three game T20 series against a World XI side in Lahore.

The charged crowd repeated chanted slogans in recognition of their meritorious services for the Pakistan cricket.

The PCB and Cricket West Indies (CWI) had been in talks over the proposed series, but PCB chairman Najam Sethi said the tour had been now finalised and a detailed scheduled would be announced shortly. He finished with 29 not out in 16 balls, his innings studded with three sixes and a four, as World XI finished on 177 for 7. The incident had taken place in Lahore in March 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six Pakistani policemen.

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