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Pakistan aiming to seal T20I series against World XI

Pakistan aiming to seal T20I series against World XI

The three-match series in now tied at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first match and World XI beat the hosts in the second.

Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before the World XI fought back with a seven-wicket victory on Wednesday to set up Friday's decider.

World XI: Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), David Miller, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, George Bailey (wk), Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

According to the new arrangement, a short ceremony will be held in honour of former captains Misbahul Haq and Shahid Afridi before the commencement of the T20 match between Pakistan and the World XI team.

Flower said he had a personal attachment to Pakistan, dating back to his days as a star batsman for Zimbabwe, having toured the Asian country three times in the '90s.

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He said Pakistan is "safe for global cricket".

'As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly, ' Irfan said.

He added that if Pakistan Super League matches are played in Pakistan it would increase the confidence and trust of the worldwide cricket community that security situation is safe in Pakistan.

"I can speak for myself and everyone in the World XI squad that we're all really excited to get to Pakistan, to be part of something special, and introducing worldwide cricket slowly and safely back to Pakistan", HashimAmla told reporters.

"We hope the worldwide stars will return home with happy memories over their trip to Lahore and at the same time will leave behind a legacy of co-operation that will help Pakistan build its cricket future".

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World XI sealed a thrilling win in the second match to level the series 1-1. Once the team entered the stadium, people gave them a standing ovation.

Zimbabwe had toured Pakistan amid heavy security back in 2015, and Lahore has been converted into a fortress for the ongoing Independence Cup which is now levelled at 1-1 with one more game left. For the live streaming, cricket lovers in Pakistan can visit the official website of #ptv sports.

Cricket ties have also taken a hit as India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since December 2012.

While political tensions between the neighbouring countries are being seen as an obvious reason for Indian players not being part of the World XI squad, ICC CEO Dave Richardson shed more light on the issue.

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