PCB chairman confirms hosting Sri Lanka and West Indies in Pakistan

PCB chairman confirms hosting Sri Lanka and West Indies in Pakistan

PCB chairman confirms hosting Sri Lanka and West Indies in Pakistan

Pakistan has hosted only one worldwide series since terrorists attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan national cricket team.

More importantly, to gain full confidence of the global 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.

The three match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and World XI took place this week, featuring 13 players from seven top cricket-playing nations.

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad had earlier missed his second Twenty20 global century when he fell for 89. In the event of teams refusing to play in Pakistan, the ICC will look into sending another World XI team. The two added 102 runs for the second wicket after Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman for 27.

Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten 55-ball 72 while Thisara Perera ransacked 47* off 19 as the visitors chased down 175 on the penultimate ball.

Both the teams will play the final on Today (Friday).

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He also said: "From a political point of view, obviously, if an Indian player would have been a part of this tour you can imagine the level of attention he would have attracted and the pressures it would have brought from the security point of view". Hopefully, Pakistan will play Test cricket at home again.

However, Sutherland remained doubtful about the possibility of Australia visiting Pakistan in October 2018 when the two teams are slated to face each other.

Sri Lankan seamer Perera was the pick of World XI's bowlers with 2-37 in his four overs.

While disclosing that the ongoing Independence Cup would not be a profitable venture, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi said the activity was the first step towards reviving worldwide cricket which would help gradually improve PCB's finances in future contests.

Sethi said Sri Lanka had also agreed to play a one-off T20 worldwide in Lahore on October 29, though he was still holding out hope for two matches.

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