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ICC congratulates Pakistan for successful ‘Independence Cup’ hosting

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated Pakistan for the successful hosting of the Independence Cup series against the World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the international cricket body said in a statement. ICC Director Giles Clarke and Chief Executive David Richardson – in their video messages – have thanked the people of Pakistan for embracing the World XI players, adding that the series has exhibited Pakistan’s passion and love for cricket. Calling the series as an initial step…

Murad echoes public sentiments on intl’ cricket revival in Sindh

SUKKUR: Echoing public sentiments for holding international cricket matches in the provincial cities, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah said that he would approach Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ensure revival of international cricket in the province.   Talking to media persons in Sukkur, Shah said that security situation in the province has improved and suitable for such events. “The Sindh government will approach PCB to ensure hosting of international cricket events in Karachi, Hyderabad, and Sukkur,” he…

Pakistan beat World XI in final clash to lift Independence Cup

LAHORE: Pakistan celebrated the return of international cricket with a thumping 33-run win to clinch the final Twenty20 match and the series against a World XI team at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium Friday. The hosting of the short series is a major step towards convincing international teams to begin touring Pakistan again, with Sri Lanka already due to play a Twenty20 match in Lahore on October 29. Foreign teams have refused to tour Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.…

Independence Cup: Pakistan to face World XI in series decider today

LAHORE: All eyes are on Pakistan’s cricket lineup to see how they will perform against star-studded World XI today (Friday) in the thrilling finale of Independence Cup at Gaddafi stadium here, ARY News reported. Both teams have secured a single victory in the three-match Twenty20 (T20) series, while the event today is of immense significance as the winning team of the event would clinch the series trophy. The skippers of either team have expressed their resolve to win the third and last crucial match after home-side…

Independence Cup: Amla, Perera lead World XI T20 win over Pakistan

LAHORE: Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera hit a towering six off the penultimate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 Wednesday. Perera made a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out with five sixes, while Hashim Amla finished not out 72 off 55 balls to help the World XI overhaul a 175-run target and level the three-match series 1-1 before a packed Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. That left the series intriguingly placed with the final match on Friday, also in Lahore.…

Pakistan beat World XI by 20 runs in first Independence Cup clash

LAHORE: Pakistan Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving international cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security. SCROLL DOWN FOR WORLD XI INNINGS' HIGHLIGHTS The Twenty20 match, accorded international status by the International Cricket Council, is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff. Highlights of World XI batting "I came here early to…

Shahid Afridi to be given farewell in World XI match today

LAHORE: ARY News has discovered what surprise Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi has up his sleeves which the cricket fans are going to get in the first Twenty20 International against World XI today in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. ARY News sports correspondent Shahid Hashmi reported that ex-skipper Shahid Khan Afridi will be given a farewell reception. Sources said the former all-rounder will also be travelled in a rickshaw in the ground. Afridi once pressingly demanded farewell saying that it was right of…

Cricket: Pakistan to face star-studded World XI in historic T20 today

LAHORE: After eight years of isolation, Pakistan cricket team is to face star-studded World XI team featuring international players before home crowd at Gaddafi Stadium here Tuesday night (tonight). A three-match Twenty20 (T20) series, titled Independence Cup, embarks on reviving international cricket in Pakistan. A 13-member World XI squad led by South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, featuring five players from South Africa, three from Australia, two cricketers from West Indies and one each from New Zealand, England, Sri…

Mohammad Amir blessed with baby girl on first day of Independence Cup

LONDON: Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir already has a reason to celebrate the returning of International Cricket in Pakistan as he on Tuesday becomes the father of a baby girl on the eve of historic Independence Cup series.   The left-arm pacer is in England these days, where he has been living with his wife and playing country cricket over the past few months. He has not been much effective for Pakistan in the shortest format of the game, however, his fans will still miss his presence in the first match of the…

Andy Flower anticipates great cricket action during ‘Independence Cup’

LAHORE: Anticipating a great cricket action, World XI Coach Andy Flower on Monday said that he is glad to be coach of the star-studded team. The former Zimbabwean skipper was addressing a press conference here alongside with World XI captain Faf du Plessis when he said that the foreign players are glad to be part of this ecstatic moment as Pakistan is celebrating the return of international cricket. “This brave nation suffered for a very long time being deprived of international cricket,” Flower said. Terming the…