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Pakistan wins the cricket revival

A jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium countersigned a historic competition between Pakistan and World XI and it was Pakistan who outplays much to the delight of its fans. On a day which saw the revival of international cricket in Pakistan after years, Pakistan once again stole the show with 20 runs win over World XI.

Lahore had been bustling with excitement and there was a feeling of festivity in the air since the World XI team arrived. Andy Flower’s star-studded international team including players from South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh. The players traveled to play the first match at the famous Gaddafi Stadium in a bombproof bus with a large contingent of law enforcement agencies overseeing every move. That led 20,000 people to come out and witnessed the momentous match in recent years.

The opportunity didn’t just fill the hunger of the cricket crazy fans but also made possible for Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and Rumman Raees who played the first international match on the home soil since debut.

The idea of the World XI tour was suggested a year ago and the Pakistan Super League season 2 final in Lahore earlier in this year played a huge role in making it come about.

“Two years ago, the situation wasn’t so good and we didn’t want to risk anything that might endanger the guests even if they were prepared to come.” Najam Sethi, quoted by The Guardian.

The PCB chairman also revealed that there will be two more tours by the World XI in the coming years. “The World XI series is now planned for every year for the three years. This is first of the three series and there will be two more in the next years. Once this [World XI tour] is done the Sri Lankans have committed to play one or two matches in Lahore next month and then the West Indies have committed to me that they will come for three matches in November.”

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said he hopes more cricket will come the country’s way soon.
“We have suffered a lot,” Wasim told AFP. “I am so excited that it feels like I am going to play my first match.”

The Independence Cup is set to play two more matches on 13th and 15th of September. 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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