Badree shines as World XI level series

Posted September 16, 2017

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.

With the World XI side having five South African stars - skipper Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel and David Miller - in its fold, there is no questioning that while this is an worldwide effort, to help Pakistan out of its isolation, its roots are firmly entrenched in Southern Africa.

Also, given the strained political relations between the India and Pakistan, it was not surprising to see Indian players absent from the World XI side. But this is sure that the most loved game by the Pakistani people will come back to their country.

It consequently left Pakistan deprived of regular global cricket in the country.

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The former Kiwi all-rounder expected more global teams to travel to Pakistan if proper security arrangements are kept in place. 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 charged crowd repeated chanted slogans in recognition of their meritorious services for the Pakistan cricket.

The PCB over the years could not earn any money while hosting the home series at neutral venues of the UAE; rather it increased the financial problems of the Board, Sethi lamented.

Paul Collingwood says he feels like a "kid at Christmas" to be playing worldwide cricket again and has praised the level of security for the World XI players on their brief trip to Pakistan.

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Du Plessis said the significance of their tour was that it was something that was bigger than just playing for one's country.

Heaping praise over the efforts of the security agencies in providing top-notch security for the Independence Cup, the ICC chief executive had also said that they would continue to financially assist the security company which is looking after the events in Pakistan for three more years.

Pakistan has made only one change in the team, bringing in back pace bowler Hasan Ali in place of Sohail Khan while two changes have been made in the World Eleven team, Darren Sammy and George Bailey replacing Tim Paine and Paul Collingwood.

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