Pakistan Today – Following a historic tour to Pakistan, which marked the return of high-profile international cricket to the country, players and officials of the star-studded World XI departed from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Saturday morning.

Summary

  • Following a historic tour to Pakistan, which marked the return of high-profile international cricket to the country, players and officials of the star-studded World XI departed from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Saturday morning.
  • Pakistan marked the return of international cricket with a thumping 33-run win to clinch the final T20 match and the Independence Cup, a series against the World XI, at the Gaddafi stadium on Friday.
  • Under Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan outplayed the World XI – with cricketers from seven countries – in Friday’s ‘finale’ by claiming the series 2-1.
  • 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 T20 on Wednesday.
  • The hosting of the short series was a major step towards convincing international teams to begin touring Pakistan again, with Sri Lanka already due to play a T20 match in Lahore on October 29.


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