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Shahid Afridi to captain World XI after Morgan pulls out due to injury

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will replace Eoin Morgan as captain of the ICC World XI squad for the Twenty20 International against West Indies at Lord’s after the latter has been forced to pull out due to a fractured finger. England’s limited-overs skipper, Morgan’s compatriot Sam Billings will take his place in the squad on Thursday. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills have also been added to the World XI squad. Afridi, a leg-spinning all-rounder, represented his country in…

Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI charity match

Shahid Afridi is likely to miss the charity match featuring the World XI and the West Indies on May 31 as the former Pakistan captain is yet to recover fully from a knee injury. During the last edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), Afridi was forced to be out of action due to the knee injury after helping his side Karachi Kings to three consecutive wins. In his recent tweet, he updated his fans about the injury. "Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee hasnt recovered fully yet. I'll need another 3-4 weeks.…

Gen Bajwa meets World XI hockey players

RAWALPINDI: International hockey players from the visiting World X1 team and several Pakistan hockey legends on Tuesday met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations, the army chief appreciated the initiative by the Pakistan Hockey Federation for bringing the world players to Pakistan. He assured PHF of Pakistan Army’s support for provision of security for international hockey matches and revival of the national game. PHF president Brig…

2017 – A year of turnaround for Pakistan cricket

The year 2017 was productive for the country in terms of sports as this year marked the revival of International Cricket in Pakistan after almost eight years. In 2009 after terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, the international teams turned their back from sports events in the country. Six Sri Lankan players sustained bullet injuries in the incident and the country was pushed in isolation. For the next eight years cricket enthusiasts were deprived from witnessing international matches on Pakistani grounds.…

Hockey World XI to visit Pakistan next year

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited a World XI team to the country which will arrive on January 10. Addressing a press conference, PHF President retired Brigadier Khalid Sajjad Khokhar said that Pakistan Army has ensured to provide all possible security facilities for the tour. He said that apart from the Pakistan Army, the interior minister and provincial governments have also expressed support and full cooperation for the event. Khokhar announced that matches with World XI will also be held in…

WATCH: England batsman Alastair Cook names his All Time XI

England's cricketer and former captain Alastair Cook has unveiled his all-time great World XI cricket team featuring some of the greatest and iconic players. All the cricketers chosen are those who have played with or against Cook with one exception. Therefore, Cook has picked former England legend Graham Gooch as the captain of the team. Gooch is a former England and Essex legend and was widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of his generation and is also the most highest run scorer in professional…

Sri Lanka confirms to play third T20 against Pakistan in Lahore

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan  Cricket Board on Monday confirmed its commitment to play the third and final T20 game of the ongoing Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on October 29. "Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have over the past two months conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, the PCB and independent Security experts and The Executive Committee today  evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International…

Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket

LAHORE: South African skipper Faf du Plessis Saturday admitted he was nervous ahead of the World XI tour of Pakistan but praised the hosts for ensuring a safe series which he said would help its revival of international cricket. Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan had not hosted top-level international cricket since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven players and staff. "When I first thought of…

Afridi finally receives a farewell send off by the PCB

LAHORE: Former cricketer Shahid Afridi has finally received a send off by the Pakistan Cricket Board for his contribution to cricket.  The cricketer was given a grand honour during the final of the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium being played between Pakistan and the World XI team. Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq was also giving a farewell reception. Both cricketers were given a lap of honour individually in a decorative auto-rickshaw. READ MORE: Shahid Afridi, Younis boycott PCB annual awards Afridi had on…

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.…