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World XI to attend Misbah, Younis and Afridi's farewell ceremony

World XI to attend Misbah, Younis and Afridi's farewell ceremony

Fans have been clamouring for the return of worldwide cricket since March after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high-profile foreign players such as World Cup victor Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.

More to come: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf hails first entertainment-packed T20I between Pakistan and World XI on Tuesday, and believes there is much more to come in the remaining matches.

Besides large number of enthusiasts who thronged the Qaddafi Stadium to see Pakistan outplaying World XI, all those who withstood the inconvenience patiently with smiling faces caused to them due to fool proof security arrangements also have surely made their contributions, directly and indirectly, towards revival of global cricket in Pakistan.

But the large security presence did little to temper the enthusiasm of fans in the cricket-mad country.

According to sources, atleast 20,000 spectators turned up for the match and even the 9,000 police officers and paramilitary forces could not curtail their joy as they celebrated some great cricket.

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"Whether years two and three include a World XI tour is not decided, maybe not".

World XI made 177 for seven, with Darren Sammy and skipper Faf du Plessis scoring 29 each.

For Pakistan, paceman Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with two wickets apiece.

Yousuf, who represented Pakistan in 90 Tests, 288 ODIs and three T20Is, and scored more than 17 thousand runs combined, also applauded teams' performance in the opening match.

Richardson explained why no Indian player was part of the World XI team.

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"Both teams gave a good match to the crowd", said Yousuf. So I am very much looking forward to playing in the game.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday ahead of the second T20 match at the Gaddafi Stadium, Richardson said the matches were an example of the "the cricket family ... sticking together to help a particular member country".

Sri Lanka are due to play a Twenty20 in October, and will be followed by the West Indies who are due to play a mini-series of three Twenty20s in November.

It's been an historic week in the world of cricket as Pakistan hosted their first high profile series since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 which took the lives of innocent civilians and left many injured, including cricketers.

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