Sarfraz Ahmed wins toss, to bat first in second match

Pakistani fans came decked up in all shades and colours Pakistan v World XI 1st T20I Independence Cup 2017 Lahore

Pakistani fans came decked up in all shades and colours Pakistan v World XI 1st T20I Independence Cup 2017 Lahore

Only Zimbabwe has toured Pakistan, that too two years ago, for a very brief, limited overs cricket series in 2015 since the terrorists attacked a Sri Lanka Team bus in Lahore in 2009.

More importantly, to gain full confidence of the worldwide community, PCB should also take some practical steps to take cricket matches to other cities, mainly in Karachi and Rawalpindi - the two main centres for cricket in Pakistan, after Lahore.

Acknowledging the importance of that event, Richardson said that the current three-match series would go a long way towards convincing other countries that Pakistan could safely host their teams. But the World XI, bounced back with a seven-wicket victory in the second game on Wednesday. The batsman scored just 3 runs and did not help World XI's cause as the visiting side had scored 53 runs for the loss of four wickets.

The World XI clawed back with the a win in the second match, as South African Hashim Amla anchored the chase of 175 runs with a knock of 72, while Sri Lankan Thisara Perera hammered 47 not out off 19 balls with five sixes to settle the issue.

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Pakistan is set to host the West Indies in a short three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore at the end of November this year, a top Cricket Board (PCB) official said. The security is awesome. Before their final match both teams have a day-off.

"It is great. The hospitality, the support from the crowds at the ground". 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.

Addressing the media in Lahore, the Pakistan skipper said that they have young team which has the ability to beat any team.

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

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